The Verbal Form provides a test of general mental ability for a wide variety of occupations. This shorter version of the Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness™ helps assess an individual’s ability to learn, comprehend, solve problems and follow instructions.
The Verbal Form also helps assess an applicant’s ability to mentally adjust quickly and effectively to changing situations. The test consists of two scales:
Quantitative. Items consist of arithmetic reasoning and number-series problems.
Linguistic. Items consist of same-opposite word meanings and definitions.
Normative Data. Percentile industrial norms are listed for the following job classifications:
• general adult sample
• bank tellers
• computer programmers
• department store
• secretary stenographers
• first-line supervisors
• service personnel
• managerial personnel
• retail store managers
• sales personnel
• skilled trades
Percentile education norms are listed by linguistic, quantitative and total scores for ages 12-16, and for age 17 and over.
Validation Studies. Validation studies have been conducted in various companies and the scores on the Verbal Form were found to be related to job performance in the following jobs:
• chemical operator
• high-level clerk
• claims auditor
• clerk (insurance)
• claims examiner
• clerk (quantitative )
• clerk (various industries)
• gas serviceperson
• keypunch operator
• yard clerk
• freight car repairer
• telephone service representative
The Verbal Form was the subject of validation studies in an educational setting and was found to be related to educational achievement for 9th- through 12th-grade students. There are two forms, A and B, for the Verbal Form. They are comparable and can be used to retest applicants.
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