Wonderlic Personnel Test

Purpose: Designed to measure general mental ability for aid in personnel selection.

Population: Adult employment applicants.

Score: Yields one total score.

Time: 12 (20) minutes.

Author: E.F. Wonderlic.

Publisher: E.F. Wonderlic & Associates, Inc.

Description: The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT), so named to reduce the possibility that job applicants will think they are taking an intelligence test, was originally a revision of the Otis Self-Administering Tests of Mental Ability. The WPT is a 50-item, 12-minute omnibus test of intelligence. The items and the order in which they are presented provide a broad range of problem types (e.g., analogies, analysis of geometric figures, disarranged sentences, definitions) intermingled and arranged to become increasingly difficult. The WPT exists in 16 forms, and was designed for testing adult job applicants in business and industrial situations.

Scoring: The WPT yields one final score which is the sum of correct answers.

Reliability: The manual reports odd-even reliabilities, which are not appropriate for speeded tests; however, it also reports test-retest reliabilities of .82 to .94, and interform reliabilities of .73 to .95.

Validity: Correlations with educational level and/or academic achievement are between .30 and .80.

Norms: White adults across all occupational categories.

Suggested Uses: Suggested uses include as measure of general ability for employment screening, although it should be used with caution.
 
 
 
 

Word Association Test

Purpose: Designed to reveal associative connections between stimuli words and responses.

Population: Adults.

Score: N/A.

Time: N/A.

Authors: D. Rapaport, M. Gill, and R. Schafer.

Publisher: International Universities Press, Inc.

Description: The word association method is a psychological test intended to reveal associative connections between stimulus words and free verbal responses. Subjects are instructed to give discrete verbal responses to common stimulus words (usually nouns or verbs). Because verbalizations reflect ideation, it is assumed that the systematic study of associative thought can reveal information about an individualís personality characteristics, areas of emotional disturbances, and the like. Although the method has no necessary tie to any particular theory, it is usually employed as a projective technique.

Scoring: There are no formal scoring procedures employed with this method.

Reliability and Validity: The manual provides no reliability and Validity information. Very few validity and reliability studies have been undertaken because internal clinical judgment constitutes such an integral part of the approach.

Norms: Norms are included in the manual for normal college students and schizophrenics.

Suggested Uses: The Word Association Test is recommended as part of a comprehensive test battery in clinical and research settings.