History of Standardized Testing
Where It All Began
The First Standardized Tests
Sir Francis Galton was the driving force behind the modern standardized test. After his initial research in the late 1800's, many researchers built off of his work with person-specific characteristics and moved into studies of psychology. One of the earliest and most famous standardized tests was created by Alfred Binet in 1904. He created a test to measure intelligence which he called the Intelligence Quotient (or IQ) test.