A psychometric examination of the anagram persistence task: More than two unsolvable anagrams may not be better

Gilles E. Gignac, Ka Ki Wong

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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to examine a single-anagram, a double-anagram, and multi-anagram versions of the Anagram Persistence Task (APT) for factorial validity, reliability, and convergent validity. Additionally, a battery of intelligence tests was administered to examine convergent validity. Based on an unrestricted factor analysis, two factors were uncovered from the 14 anagram (seven very difficult and seven very easy) response times: test-taking persistence and verbal processing speed. The internal consistency reliabilities for the single-anagram, double-anagram, and multi-anagram (seven difficult anagrams) measures were.42,.85, and.86, respectively. Furthermore, all three versions of the APT correlated positively with intelligence test performance (r ≈.22). However, the double-anagram and multi-anagram versions also evidenced negative, nonlinear effects with intelligence test performance (r ≈ −.15), which suggested the possibility of testee adaptation. Taking psychometrics and administration time into consideration, simultaneously, the double-anagram version of the APT may be regarded as preferred.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalAssessment
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2018

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