Mental Tests

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Abstract

Reviews the book, Mental Tests by F. N. Freeman (see record 1926-15011-000). In addition to the usual content of books on mental testing (the history of test development and the description and criticism of various scales), this volume has chapters on the technique and theory of mental tests (treating both subject-matter and selection and organization of items), tests of personality, educational uses of tests, vocational uses of tests, relation to delinquency, interpretation of intelligence tests, and the nature of intelligence. There is within these chapters a lucid treatment of several of the semi-popular controversies—speed and power tests, scoring of alternative answer tests, the age-limit of mental growth, the mental age of adults, and the nativeness of traits measured. A text of this sort cannot and should not include everything related to the general topic. Since there are excellent manuals of statistics (Kelley, Garrett, Otis, and others), the author rightly excludes the computation of correlations and other measures. The treatment of trade-tests is presumably omitted because such tests are not essentially mental tests. The absence of mention of the work of the Allports in the chapter on Tests of Personality Traits seems, however, to be an infelicitous omission. But in general the selection of material is judicious, representative, and adequate, the organization comprehensive and comprehensible, and the treatment at all times sanely conservative. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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