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Culture Fair Intelligence Test
Author: Raymond Bernard Cattell
Publisher: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT)
Year Published:

Description of the Test
A non-verbal paper and pencil test designed as a culturally unbiased test to measure one's intelligence. It's goal is to measure one's fluid intelligence, analytical, and abstract reasoning. As a culture-fair test of mental ability, it is designed to not be influenced by verbal ability, cultural climate or educational level.
easy to administer; groups or individual\
Total administration time: 12.5 minutes
Total number of items: Scale 2: 46 items; Scale 3: 50 items
Answers can be marked in the test booklet or on separate answer sheet.
CFIT is available in three levels.
Background of the Author
March 20, 1905 - February 2, 1998
Birthplace: Staffordshire, England
Professions: professor-lecturer, director of Psychological Clinic in personality research, research associate
Contributions: 16 PF, multivariate analysis, established Institute for Personality & Ability Testing (IPAT) in 1949, distinction between fluid and crystallized intelligence
Scale 1
used for children 4-8 years of age, older, mentally-handicapped individuals

It has eight subtests and requires individual administration
Scale 2
Ages: 8-13 and average adults
Scale 3
for Grades 10-16 and superior adults
Each scale has been prepared in two parallel forms: A and B
Test Structure/Content
Scale 2 and 3 has four (4) subtests.
Select the item that completes the series. The individual is presented with an incomplete, progressive series.
Mark one item in each raw that does not belong with the others. The classification subtest differs slightly between scales 2 and 3. In scales 2, the individual is presented with 5 figures; he must select one, which is different from the other four. In scale 3, he must correctly identify two figures, which are in some way different from the others.
Mark the item correctly completes the given matrix of the pattern.
It requires the individual to select on the five choices provided, the duplicates the conditions given in the far left box.
Scale 2: 12 items, 3 minutes
Scale 3: 13 items, 3 minutes
Scale 2: 14 items, 4 minutes
Scale 3: 14 items, 4 minutes
Scale 2: 12 items, 3 minutes
Scale 3: 13 items, 3 minutes
Scale 2: 8 items 2 ½ minutes
Scale 3: 10 items, 21 ½ minutes
Historical Perspective
Cattell argued that general intelligence (g) exists and that it consists of fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence.
Late 1920 - became interested in the measurement of intelligence
This work resulted to the publications of the Cattell Group and Individual Intelligence Test in 1930. After 5 years, several of the scales were revised into non-verbal form to diminish the unwanted and unnecessary effects of verbal fluency in the measurement of Intelligence.
Another revision of the test appeared in 1940.
At this stage, items had become completely perceptual and were organized to six subtests, three of which have been retained in the present format. Of the 159 items analyzed, 72 of the satisfactory validity and reliability were retained for the published edition.
Raymond Bernard Cattell
In 1949, CFIT underwent another revision and adopted the format which has been retain since, consisting of four subtests ( series, classification, matrices and conditions) at each of two difficult levels.
1961: Slight adjustment in the difficulty level sequencing for a few items. Norm samples were expanded to achieve better national representation.
Facilitates identification of emotional or learning problems
Assessing an applicant's potential to perform job-relevant tasks that involve cognitive ability
Selecting students with regards to their probable success in college in chance of attaining scholarships;
Increasing the effectiveness of vocational guidance decisions both for students and adults
The relatively high loading of the Culture Fair Intelligence scale on the fluid intelligence factor indicates that the Culture Fair scale does, in fact, have a reasonably high direct concept validity with respect to the concept of fluid intelligence.
Entirely satisfactory internal consistency of the general score (Cronbach’s alpha .80) .
slightly lower, but satisfactory nevertheless of the part A (Cronbach’s alpha .77 – .81 depending on the sample).
High absolute stability in adults, lower in high school students. The scores are significantly better after 3 weeks.
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