Psychological Test, Stanford Achievement Test. Advanced Battery - Complete. Form D


After their widespread use during World War I, experts increasingly used psychological tests as a tool to rank and sort people in such contexts as education and employment. The Stanford Achievement Test was written by Truman L. Kelley (1884-1961), Giles M. Ruch (1892-1943), and Lewis M. Terman (1877-1956). 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.

Compare 1983.0168.11.


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.

Date Made: 1940

Maker: Kelley, Truman L.Ruch, Giles M.Terman, Lewis M.World Book Company

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: MathematicsPsychological Tests


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Credit Line: Gift of David Gold

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0710.26Accession Number: 1989.0710Catalog Number: 1989.0710.26

Object Name: Psychological Test

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 21.5 cm x 28 cm; 8 15/32 in x 11 1/32 in


Record Id: nmah_692519

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