Psychological Test, Army Illustrated Literacy Test DST-IIa


As the need for service members increased in the course of World War II, the U.S. Army abandoned its policy of not inducting illiterate men. Special training units were established to give those who failed literacy tests instruction for up to thirteen weeks before they underwent basic training. This 1943 test was used to place those in these units at an appropriate grade level for literacy training.


United States Department of the Army, Marginal Men and Military Service: A Review, Washington, D.C.: Fort Belvoir Defense Information Center, 1965, esp. pp. 74-88. This volume is available online. Accessed April 1, 2020.

Date Made: 1943

Maker: U.S. War Department

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Mathematics, Psychological Tests

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Credit Line: Gift of Samuel Kavruck

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1990.0034.017Catalog Number: 1990.0034.017Accession Number: 1990.0034

Object Name: Psychological Test

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 20.4 cm x 27 cm; 1/32 in x 8 1/32 in x 10 5/8 in


Record Id: nmah_692306

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