Raven's Progressive Matrices

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A non-verbal intelligence test requiring inductive reasoning about abstract geometric patterns, first published in 1938 and revised several times since then, designed to cover a very wide range of mental ability and to be usable with subjects irrespective of age, sex, nationality, or education. The respondent is presented with 60 abstract geometric patterns, and in each case tries to select from several alternatives the one that fits in a missing part of the pattern. Some psychologists believe that it provides the purest available measure of general intelligence, uncontaminated by cultural and educational influences, but there is evidence to suggest that it is not entirely culture-fair. Also called the Progressive Matrices test. See also Cattell Culture-Fair Test, Mill Hill Vocabulary scale. RPM abbrev. [Named after the English psychologist John C(arlyle) Raven (1902–70), who developed it in 1938]

Subjects: Psychology.

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