Psychological Test, The Terman Record Form for the Stanford Revision of the Binet-Simon Tests


In 1908, the Frenchmen Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon published a scale for measuring the intelligence of individual children. The device much interested Louis Terman, a professor at the Los Angeles State Normal School who would soon move to Stanford University, and he began studies of children whose intellect ranked high according to the Binet-Simon scale. He revised the scale, and prepared a new form of the test. This record form describes the questions to be asked of children and leaving space for their responses. It first appeared in 1916 – this example was copyrighted by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1916, 1922 and 1934.

Compare 1990.0034.025, 1990.0034.026, and 1990.0034.027.


Boring, E.G., “Lewis Madison Terman 1877-1956,” Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 1959.

Carson, J., The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Date Made: ca 1934

Maker: Houghton Mifflin Company

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: 1990.0034.025Catalog Number: 1990.0034.025Accession Number: 1990.0034

Object Name: Psychological Test

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 20.8 cm x 28.3 cm; 1/32 in x 8 3/16 in x 11 5/32 in


Record Id: nmah_692314

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