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Thread poster: Jennifer Callahan

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Sep 22, 2003

About 10 years ago I had a test for learners to measure their capacity for learning foreign languages. It had questions like "In 2 minutes think of all the things you can do with a cabbage, beside cooking it and eating it".

Does anyone remember this test? Does anyone know where I can find a copy of it?


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TMA assessment Sep 23, 2003

Maybe you were thinking of the TMA test?
The TMA assessment, a mental ability test from Pearson Reid London House, helps measure an individual's ability to learn new skills quickly, adjust to new situations, understand complex or subtle relationships and be flexible in thinking.

The TMA test assesses an individual's capacity to learn and understand the requirements of the job. The test consists of two scales:
Quantitative: Items consist of arithmetic reasoning and number-series problems.
Linguistic: Items consist of same-opposite word meanings and definitions.

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some info. Sep 23, 2003

Hi Jennifer,

I know the test you have in mind. There is an adaptation of it in the "Orientation" section of the Headway Advanced student's book (ISBN 0 19 433563 1). It apparently appeared in The Sunday Times Magazine at one time, and a note at the end says "Adapted from a quiz by Dr. Paul Meara of Birkbeck College, London."

I found this info:

Language Aptitude Tests Paul Meara, James Milton and Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
This pack is designed for training managers in business or industry, for school teachers and owners, or for anyone else who needs to know whether their staff, students or clients are likely to be good at learning foreign languages.

What the tests do

Language aptitude tests assess whether a person has the intellectual capability to learn a foreign language successfully. People who score well on these tests are likely to do well in learning languages, provided that the time and opportunity are given them and that they have the motivation to

I don't know if this pack of tests contains the exact one you've asked about, but you might be able to contact the publishers to find out.


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