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The Measurement of Ability in Reading: Preliminary Scales and Tests: Administration of Scale A for Visual Vocabulary


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1914

Scale A is designed for classes of grades 4 to 8, inclusive, but may be used in grade 3, and is useful in the high-school to some extent. Fifty people can be measured at once. All that is required is that they should understand the general nature of the test, and should not be allowed to cheat. The former requirement is satisfied by means of the preliminary test shown on page 5. While this preliminary test is being taken the teacher should go about the class, and make sure that each pupil understands the general nature of the work. When the test is used in grades 4 and 3, this may require fifteen or twenty minutes of the teacher's time. In grades above 4, there will be very few pupils who will not, unassisted, get the idea. In any case, a pupil who has less then five errors and omissions in the first two lines (together) of the preliminary test, may be assumed to understand the general nature of the test. A pupil in grade 3 or above who has over ten words wrong or omitted in these two lines may be assumed not to understand the general nature of the test, and should receive special explanation with line 1, until he can independently do lines 2 and 3 with not over 6 words wrong or omitted, or until the teacher is convinced that he does not know the meanings of these printed wordsócannot read them. In the latter case his ability is under 4 and there is no use in testing him with Scale A.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 15 Number 4, 1914, p. 13-18
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10232, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:53:45 AM

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