Other Tests

There are many projective tests that have been developed over time. This page is to list and briefly describe some of the other projective tests that exist.

Auditory projective tests– In this test the tester plays a sound and the person being assessed has to say what the sound reminds them of or sounds like to them. The most common of this type of test is the Sound Apperception Test. (Kline, 2000)

Children’s Apperception Test (For children ages 3 – 11)- A test developed by Bellak and Bellak who concluded that children more easily identify with animals than humans. Similarly to the TAT, children are shown pictures of animals in hopes of revealing information about relationships and drive. (Touliatos, Perlmutter, & Straus, 2001)

Fairy Tale Test

Fairy Tale Test– One of the few new projective tests, developed in 1996. The test consists of different sets of cards, each set represents a different fairy tale altered in some way by expression, age, and clothing. Children are then asked questions about the card. It can assess things like emotional disturbances, parental relationships, self identification, and defense mechanisms. (Touliatos, Perlmutter, & Straus, 2001)

Family Apperception Test- For ages six and up it shows the individual an image of a family. They are then asked to say what is going on in the picture, similar to the TAT. Sample items are the dinner card which depicts a family sitting around a table with the parents talking while the children eat. The test has the goal of finding a compromise between family and individual assessment. (Touliatos, Perlmutter, & Straus, 2001)

Hand Test

Hand Test- The subject is shown pictures of hands in various positions and is asked to describe what each hand is doing. It is particularly used for acting out and aggressive behavior. One of the most quantitative projective tests. (Wagner, 2009)

Solid objects tests– The solid objects tests are mostly used with children. They give the children some concrete objects to play with and observe their behavior as a way of assessing personality.


The most popular of this kind of test was developed by Lowenfield who observes children playing with dolls. (Kline, 2000)

Tell me a story test (TEMAS)– Similar to the TAT but designed only for kids and considered the most multicultural test. There are two types of tests, one for minority and one for non-minority kids. It is more colorful than other apperception tests. To learn more: http://www.cps.nova.edu/~cpphelp/TEMAS.html (Constantino, Malgady, Rogler, 2009)

Here is a list of all psychological tests: http://www.valueoptions.com/providers/Forms/Clinical/List_of_Psychological_Tests.pdf

(Emily Southers)


Constantino, G, Malgady, R, & Rogler, L. (2009, November). Temas (tell-me-a-story). Retrieved from http://portal.wpspublish.com/portal/page?_pageid=53,69373&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Kline, P. (2000). The handbook of psychological testing. Florence, KY: Psychology Press.

Touliatos, J, Perlmutter, B, & Straus, M. (2001).Handbook of family measurement techniques. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Wagner, E. (2009, September). The hand test. Retrieved from http://portal.wpspublish.com/portal/page?_pageid=53,69285&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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