Psychological Test with Two Sheets, Test of Mechanical Comprehension Form MS


This is a version of a test of mechanical comprehension, originally published by George K. Bennett (1904-1975) and Dinah E. Fry (1913-1965) of the Psychological Corporation. Bennett had come to the corporation after receiving his PhD. in psychology from Yale University in 1934, while Fry had her master’s degree in business and economics from Columbia. This is Form MS of the test, published by the Division of Training of the War Shipping Department during World War II. The test was designed to access the ability to understand connections between physical forces and mechanical components in practical situations. It is heavily illustrated.

Also included are two blank answer sheets, one for form AA of the test, designed to be graded by IBM machines, and another for form BB, apparently designed to be graded by hand.

Editions of the examinations had appeared as early as 1940 and it would be republished at least as late as 1973. It would be sold as the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test.


M. Asch, The Scope of Industrial Psychology, New Delhi: Sanup & Sons, 2004, pp. 77-95.

Fry, Dinah Elizabeth, A History of the New York State Employment Service, Master’s Essay, Columbia University, Business & Economics, 1939.

Kim Johnson, “A Biography of George K. Bennett,” May, 2016, at the website of the Society for Industrial and Occupational Psychology (SIOP), accessed March 25, 2020.

Michael M. Sokal, “The Origins of the Psychological Corporation,” , 1981, 17 #1, pp. 54-67.

Date Made: 1943

Maker: Fry, Dinah E.Bennett, George K.Publisher: Psychological Corporation

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: 1989.0710.48Catalog Number: 1989.0710.48Accession Number: 1989.0710

Object Name: Psychological Test With 2 Sheets

Physical Description: paper (overall material)


Record Id: nmah_692541

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