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Readiness Test

Psychology EncyclopediaPsychological Tests & Methods

A test designed to assess the developmental condition of an individual to determine whether or not, or to what extent, the individual could gain from some particular experience.

Readiness tests are commonly used in educational situations, and often include the measurement of cognitive, perceptual, emotional, motivational, and other factors involved in the learning process, in an attempt to determine if a student is in a position to benefit from a particular course of instruction. Readiness tests are based on the view, shared by almost all psychologists, that an individual reaches maturityin various areas only by passing through corresponding series of consecutive developmental levels, and that these series of levels are essentially similar in all normal individuals.

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