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NFL adds new intelligence test at scouting combine

Feb. 19, 2013
 

The NFL has added a new aptitude test to augment the Wonderlic intelligence test for prospects at this week’s scouting combine.

The test is designed to measure a much wider scope of mental characteristics than Wonderlic, which essentially tests standard IQ and reading comprehension. The new test – called the Players Assessment Tool – helps identify a prospect’s temperamental qualities as well the way a player best learns (in writing, visually, or on-field demonstration).

“These (teams) are making these multi-million dollar decisions, and in some regards it’s like they are walking into a dark room with a flashlight,” said Cyrus Mehri, the attorney who proposed the idea to the NFL and then developed the test, to USA Today. “This is going to turn on the lights.”

Prospects will take the test for the first time at the combine, which opens Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Mehti appears to have been motivated to develop the new test as a way to compensate for any bias inherent in the Wonderlic. He’s a co-founder of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes the hiring and minority coaches and executives in the NFL, and has worked extensively as an attorney fighting corporate discrimination.

Two years ago Mehti started working with an expert in industrial psychology to develop the test. Some NFL teams, including the Packers, already have their own test for measuring temperamental qualities, but they don’t share the results with other teams.

To devise the test, Mehti and his consulted interviewed seven current or former NFL general managers.

According to the Washington Post, the test takes 60 minutes and is conducted on a computer. It measures learning styles, which can help players who have reading problems but learn well by other means; motivation; and how they react to pressure and the unexpected.

“You can really do state-of-the-art things that are much more predictive of how some-one succeeds,” Mehri told USA Toda. “But there is one limitation. It’s not predictive of off-the-field problems.”

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