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November 24, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;129(13):876-877. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860470036014

APTITUDE TESTS FOR VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE  Tests for the appraisal of aptitudes and interests of high school students, with special reference to education and choice of a vocation, have achieved wide recognition. Certainly much useful information can be derived from the competent use of psychologic tests and of interest schedules. Tests of this kind have been used extensively by the military forces. There is good scientific evidence favoring the use of tests, but they must be given by people who know their interpretation and limitations. Unfortunately there are many promoters who advertise counseling services together with tests who do not themselves have technical competence in their use. These are probably the very men who come to the attention of the public more than those who are really qualified to give and interpret the tests properly. In differentiating between those who are competent it is useful to ask the qualifications of the