Aptitude Testing

Aptitude Testing

Aptitude Testing

Aptitude Testing

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The serious student of tests and measurement, whether his primary concern is with general intelligence, special aptitudes, or school achievement, is faced by the necessity of mastering a considerable body of fundamental principles and techniques. It is fortunate that for the most part these principles and techniques are the same in all the three fields mentioned, and the fact that they do have such wide application makes it all the more important that they be mastered.

Of course it is possible for one who has no scientific understanding of test methods to learn the simple procedures of test administration and test scoring, or even to carry on a certain amount of routine manipulation of test data, but there is a growing recognition of the dangers involved in this kind of work. The rapid multiplication of well-planned measurement courses in teachers' colleges and universities may be expected in time to remove all excuse for testing on the lower amateur levels. That time, in fact, seems to be drawing very near, and its advent is being materially hastened by the publication of textbooks which go beyond the superficial aspects of the subject.

Among the small number of texts which cover the ground of mental measurement in anything like a comprehensive manner, Professor Hull Aptitude Testing is unquestionably one of the most significant. No other has dealt more searchingly with the fundamental issues involved in the construction and use of psychological tests, and no other excels it in directness and clearness of treatment. It is the work of an expert and embodies the results of many years of fruitful research. The student who has mastered this book will be effectually safeguarded from the innumerable pitfalls that beset the worker in this field, and will be in position to use test results with discrimination and insight. Although the book is con-

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