Psychological Test, Minimum Literacy Test


In the early 1940s, those entering the United States Army took a “Minimum Literacy Test” to determine whether they could read at a basic level. The fill-in-the-blank test had twelve questions, the last five of which relate to information in a paragraph of text provided. A passing score was 9. This is a copy of form 5 of the test – there were twelve forms of it. The sheet is not filled out, has no author listed, and is undated. The Minimum Literacy Test was replaced by the Army Information Sheet in August 1942. For an example of the latter, see 1990.0034.018.


Uhlaner, J. E. and D. Bolanoich, Development of Armed Forces Qualification Test and Predecessor Army Screening Tests, 1948-1950, Personnel Research Section Report 976, Department of the Army, 1952, esp. p. 4-5. This is available at

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: MathematicsPsychological Tests


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Credit Line: Gift of Samuel Kavruck

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1990.0034.008Catalog Number: 1990.0034.008Accession Number: 1990.0034

Object Name: Psychological Test

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 20.5 cm x 26.8 cm; 1/32 in x 8 1/16 in x 10 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_692297

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