Army Alpha Examination; U.S. Army Alpha Intelligence Test The Army Alpha [5] was developed shortly after the United States entered World War I by an. Army Alpha and Army Beta intelligence testing were crucial in assessing and classifying individual soldiers during World War I. This testing. The correlation of Army Alpha with academic marks in high schools and military academies yields an appreciably higher correlation for the latter group.

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Routledge,esp. First, many be- lieved that intleegence tests were not necessary, that there existed sufficient oppor- tunities to observe one’s subordinates during the early days of training camp for time- honored military methods of evaluation and placement to be practical.

Press,pp. Battle, filebox 13; Sylvester Bonnaffon 3rd, filebox ; Francis P.

Remember me on this computer. Moore, Camp Cody, reports that the Personnel Officer has assigned drafted men partly on the basis of psychological ratings, lntelegence care to place an equal number of A, B, C, D, and E men in each organization.

For a history of the development of the form see von Mayrhauser, “Practical Language of Amer- ican Intellect” cit.

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Rather, it is one of negotiation and alteration, in which the knowl- edge producers, the audiences for the testt produced, and the knowledge itself all changed in the process of adapting to a new cultural location. Although he too recommended certain revisions in the examining program, most especially the testing of officers only at the request of their commanders, Burt strongly 46 Yerkes, memo to Camp Division Surgeons, 24 Jan.


The number of cases for each grade averages aroundwith over 2, college freshmen and about for each of the other college years. Their dullness seems to be racial, or at least inherent in the family stocks from which they come.

intelegdnce First Nebraska Edition was a revision that used four earlier forms of the “Army Alpha”. For each, there is a relatively complete run of their year-by-year efficiency reports from the time they entered the service up to The committee intended as stated above to prepare an examination that would indicate the drafted men who were too low-grade mentally to make satisfactory privates in the Army; it was desired also to indicate, if possible, those who were mentally unstable or who might prove incorrigible so far as imtelegence discipline was concerned.

Arps to Yerkes, 27 Aug.

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Studies in the Sociology of Culture Past and Present,6: The former was necessitated by the demand for speed of examination and report, the latter by the desire for reliability and fairness to the individual. Each item is not timed individually. In the process, both officers and enlisted men were forced to think intelegende concrete terms about “intelligence,” about what it might mean and what its importance might be. An estimated mental age and IQ may also be obtained from the same table.

Because O it tastes better O it is more nourishing O it is harder to obtain 6 If some one does you a favor, what should you do? Spring, “Psychologists and the War: Men whose mental inferiority justifies their recommendation for development battalionspecial service organization, rejection, or discharge.

Army Alpha

Surgeon remarked that it ‘cut the critics from under. California Press, ; and Daniel J.

Burt, memo to Chief of Staff, 18 Junefile Thorndike to Yerkes, 23 July ; both in file: Between 90 and responses were received, most fairly skeptical about the value of the testing program. Thus, for the claims of psychologists to achieve authority within the military, the testers had to convince army personnel not only of the validity of their knowledge, but of its utility as well. Third, as a consequence of the vast scale of the recruitment, and especially the draft, a much wider variety of Americans aplha the military than at any time since the Civil War.



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In the existing military institutions with which Yerkes had to deal he confronted a structure that either had had no history of interest in the techniques he could provide or that had already developed other methods associated with other groups of professionals, most notably army doctors and neuropsychia- trists, who were little disposed to cede their territory to a rival professional group.

Take the test yourself. Chief of Staff, memo to Adjutant General, 18 Feb. Over two decades of eugenical worrying in America had made the notion that people below a certain level of intelligence could not make good soldiers a rather widespread belief, and army regulations had for some time specified mental incapacity as sufficient reason for the elimination of a potential recruit.

The general procedure of examining, which was developed to meet military requirements, is briefly describable as follows: