The importance of the vocabulary test in mental testing is unquestioned. Such tests have been evaluated and used as the best single index of general intelligence when only one measure can be used. The inclusion of the vocabulary test in a general intelligence test is almost a foregone conclusion. In addition the vocabulary test has been extensively used in studying mental deterioration. Consideri.ng the importance of the vocabulary test it is surprising that so little attention has been given to scoring problems involved. Yacorzynski (1941) has suggested that the vocabulary score used in the deterioration ratio may obscure real deterioration in vocabulary fw1ctioning due to the gross scoring method now employed. One of Terman's students, Helen Green (1931) attempted to quantify qualitative differences in definitions by establishing categories of responses and giving differential credit for these categories. She was able to distinguish clearly between CA levels with this method, but it was considered impractical for purely administrative work.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1948 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Haner, Charles F. and Webb, Wilse B.
"Quantification of the Wechsler-Bellevue Vocabulary,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 55(1), 323-328.
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