List Of Tests

The following is the list of tests as arranged by Binet

in 1911, shortly before his untimely death:--

_Age 3:_

1. Points to nose, eyes, and mouth.

2. Repeats two digits.

3. Enumerates objects in a picture.

4. Gives family name.

5. Repeats a sentence of six syllables.

_Age 4:_

1. Gives his sex.

2. Names key, knife
and penny.

3. Repeats three digits.

4. Compares two lines.

_Age 5:_

1. Compares two weights.

2. Copies a square.

3. Repeats a sentence of ten syllables.

4. Counts four pennies.

5. Unites the halves of a divided rectangle.

_Age 6:_

1. Distinguishes between morning and afternoon.

2. Defines familiar words in terms of use.

3. Copies a diamond.

4. Counts thirteen pennies.

5. Distinguishes pictures of ugly and pretty faces.

_Age 7:_

1. Shows right hand and left ear.

2. Describes a picture.

3. Executes three commissions, given simultaneously.

4. Counts the value of six sous, three of which are double.

5. Names four cardinal colors.

_Age 8:_

1. Compares two objects from memory.

2. Counts from 20 to 0.

3. Notes omissions from pictures.

4. Gives day and date.

5. Repeats five digits.

_Age 9:_

1. Gives change from twenty sous.

2. Defines familiar words in terms superior to use.

3. Recognizes all the pieces of money.

4. Names the months of the year, in order.

5. Answers easy "comprehension questions."

_Age 10:_

1. Arranges five blocks in order of weight.

2. Copies drawings from memory.

3. Criticizes absurd statements.

4. Answers difficult "comprehension questions."

5. Uses three given words in not more than two sentences.

_Age 12:_

1. Resists suggestion.

2. Composes one sentence containing three given words.

3. Names sixty words in three minutes.

4. Defines certain abstract words.

5. Discovers the sense of a disarranged sentence.

_Age 15:_

1. Repeats seven digits.

2. Finds three rhymes for a given word.

3. Repeats a sentence of twenty-six syllables.

4. Interprets pictures.

5. Interprets given facts.


1. Solves the paper-cutting test.

2. Rearranges a triangle in imagination.

3. Gives differences between pairs of abstract terms.

4. Gives three differences between a president and a king.

5. Gives the main thought of a selection which he has heard read.

It should be emphasized that merely to name the tests in this way gives

little idea of their nature and meaning, and tells nothing about Binet's

method of conducting the 54 experiments. In order to use the tests

intelligently it is necessary to acquaint one's self thoroughly with the

purpose of each test, its correct procedure, and the psychological

interpretation of different types of response.

In fairness to Binet, it should also be borne in mind that the scale of

tests was only a rough approximation to the ideal which the author had

set himself to realize. Had his life been spared a few years longer, he

would doubtless have carried the method much nearer perfection.