The Army Beta was a non-verbal intelligence test that was developed by an American Psychological Association (APA) committee on the Psychological Examination of Recruits.
NAIJ.com gathers that the development was led by Robert Yerkes and this was after the United States entered World War I.
The test was given to illiterate and non-English speaking army recruits in order to assess for low intelligence and allow for the recognition of those who were candidates for special assignments and officer-training schools.
It was introduced due to a demand for a systematic method of evaluating the intellectual and emotional functioning of soldiers.
It was given to 1.5 million military recruits in the United States during the World War I. It has been recognised as an archetype of future cognitive ability tests. The time to administer the test was 50 to 60 minutes and was generally administered to 100-200 men in a group. The test was discontinued after World War I.
The test was divided into 7, in which recruits were asked to complete each of them as quickly as possible. Blackboard frame, blackboard chart and cardboard pieces were the materials needed for this test.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously highlighted the Nigerian Army requirements for those interested in joining the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The requirements are:
- You must be a Nigerian citizen by birth and show your national identity card.
- At least 4 credits (one of them must be in English) achieved at 2 sittings of WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB.
- Tradesmen and women applicants should have OND/Trade Test/City and Guild certificate.
- Non-Tradesmen and women applicants must be 18 - 22 years old by March 1, 2018.
- You must be absolutely physically and mentally fit for service in the army.
- Admissible height is from 1.68 m for men and from 1.62 m for women.
- If you know several Nigerian languages, this will be an advantage during army recruitment 2018.
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