MMPI Instruments: Remote Administration


Remote psychological testing involves internet-delivered administration of a psychological test at a remote location rather than in-person testing administered by a practitioner or a trained assistant. It is an emerging practice trend discussed in the literature as a subset of services labeled telepsychology, telepractice, and telemedicine (among other terms).

This guidance is intended for practitioners considering remote MMPI administration. Users are encouraged to consult the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology (2013) for general guidance on telepsychological practice and specific assessment guidelines and Pearson’s Telepractice: General Information for information on telepractice using Pearson’s Q-global platform.

The APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology encourage psychologists to consider the unique issues that may arise with instruments and assessment approaches designed for in-person implementation when providing telepsychology services. The APA Guidelines state:

When relying on remote test administration of the MMPI instruments, these recommendations can best be followed by reliance on an on-site proctor. The APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology indicate that:

If feasible, the availability of an on-site proctor to carry out the tasks just described would best meet the need for supervised MMPI administration. If this is not feasible, remote supervision can be accomplished via audio-visual monitoring following the practices outlined in Pearson’s guidance on Administering the MMPI Instruments via Telepractice. Specifically, the test taker should be seated so they can be observed onscreen by the individual supervising the remote administration, and audio should be enabled allowing the test administrator and test taker to communicate. Appropriate precautions should be taken to properly identify the test taker. Any unusual events that may occur during testing should be noted and considered in the interpretation of test results. 

Practitioners planning to conduct remote MMPI testing should consult and adhere to laws and regulations governing the practice of psychology and telepsychology in their jurisdiction of practice, as well as all applicable federal laws and regulations. In addition, the American Psychological Association provides a checklist for telepsychological services and an informed consent checklist for telepsychological services, which may be of assistance.



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Administering the MMPI instruments via telepractice