Alexander Passalong Test


The Alexander Passalong Test was given by William Picken Alexander in the year 1937 at Edinburgh University. The test was published by the University of London Press. It is a performance test, used to measure the intelligence of a population ranging from 7 to 20 years of age.


The test contains:

  1. Four wooden boxes of different size
  2. Eight small boxes of equal size, 2 red and 6 blue
  3. Two large square blocks, 1 red and 1 blue
  4. A set of eight colored diagrams representing a picture of the final positions of the sub-tests. 


The test taker puts the blocks and trays in a wooden box and places them in front of the subject along with a card in which a combination of blocks and trays is represented. The subject has to arrange the blocks in the box exactly like the one shown on the cards, the subject is only allowed to slide the blocks and cannot pick them up. 

There is a time limit for every card and the time is taken by the subject to complete the task is used in calculating the scores and IQ of the subject. 

The instructions are given in oral format or in sign language. 


  1. Useful in measuring specific abilities.
  2. Diagnosing disabilities 

IQ Scores:

IQ scoresInterpretation
  130-139Very Superior
110-119Above Average 
80-89Dull Normal 
20-34Severe Intellectual Disability
Below 20Profound Intellectual Disability 
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