ERIC Number: ED288910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Vocabulary Scores of Company Presidents. Technical Report 1984-1.
Smith, Richard M.; Supanich, Gary P.
In June 1983, 456 presidents from among 5,000 of the largest companies in the United States took a vocabulary test designed by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation, with the purpose of reexaming the contention that a large and exact vocabulary is an attribute characterizing executives. This Executive Vocabulary Test consisted of 50 multiple-choice items, selected to cover a range of vocabulary difficulty from average to hard. Results showed that as a group, the company presidents had a higher average vocabulary score (mean Vocabulary Scale Score (VSS) of 200.1) than that of the norm group of clients tested by the Foundation (mean VSS of 181.3). The evidence from this survey supported the Foundation's earlier contention that an above-average vocabulary is characteristic of company presidents. The small positive correlation between VSS and both age and years of education indicates that these factors only marginally accounted for the variation in vocabulary scores. These data indicated that the scores obtained by the respondents were not always related to the opportunities and advantages provided by higher education or the experience afforded by age. (KSA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation, Chicago, IL. Human Engineering Lab.