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 Foreign Language Aptitude was constructed by G.D. Stoddard and was revised by Grace Cochran, J.R. Nielson, and D.B. Stuit. It appears to be a part of the larger Iowa Placement Examinations (New Series, Revised). According to the instructions, the test aimed to “see how quickly and accurately you can think in the field of language.” The test contained three parts including inference, construction, and grammar. The inference questions use the language Esperanto. The test is eight pages long. It was published by the Bureau of Educational Research and Service, State University of Iowa, and was copyrighted in 1941.
For a general discussion of testing at the University of Iowa, see 1990.0034.086.
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