After their widespread use during World War One, experts increasingly used psychological tests as a tool to rank and sort people in contexts including (but not limited to) education and employment. The Stanford Achievement Test was written by Truman L. Kelley, Giles M. Ruch, and Lewis M. Terman. Ruth E. Myer’s name appears in the upper right hand corner. This version is the Advanced Battery-Complete Form D. It was published by the World Book Company and was copyrighted in 1940. The test included questions about: paragraph meaning, word meaning, language usage, arithmetic reasoning, arithmetic computation, literature, social studies (two parts: I and II) elementary science, and spelling. The test is twenty-four pages long.
For more on Terman, see John Carson, The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).
John C. Flanagan, “Truman Lee Kelley,” Psychometrika 26 (1961): 343–45.
“Truman Kelley, 76, Taught at Harvard,” New York Times, May 3, 1961.
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