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Methods of measuring intelligence in young children that require neither language understanding nor language response are of rather recent development and are not altogether satisfactory. Atkins surveys the available tests and concludes that they all require language understanding to some extent. Moreover, many of them suffer from inadequate standardization or poor methods of scoring.
In the object-fitting test, the child need not understand spoken directions or respond verbally. He must select from a group of familiar and interesting objects presented him that one which will fit into the hole in a given papier-maché block. The tasks are graded in difficulty and are suitable for use with children from 2 to 4 or 5. The test has been standardized on 400 children of these ages, so selected that they form a representative sampling of the Minneapolis population. The reliability, determined by the giving of alternate forms, is high. Success with the
The Measurement of the Intelligence of Young Children by an Object-Fitting Test.. Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(2):486-487. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230140240021