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NFL to administer new combine test

As a supplement to the long-standing Wonderlic test
02/19/2013 12:41 AM ET
By Matt Hughes

The National Football League will administer a new aptitude test at next week's Scouting Combine. 

As reported by NFL.com, the new test will be administered in a classroom environment and take 60 minutes to complete. The new test will supplement the Wonderlic test.

The Wonderlic test was first administered in the NFL by former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry in the 1970's to predict player performance. The effectiveness and ethics of relying on the results of the Wonderlic test have been debated in NFL circles for many years.

Attorney Cyrus Mehri led the creation of the new test in conjunction with the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an oversight group that partners with the NFL. The test aims to determine strengths and weaknesses in different aptitude and psychological categories. Mehri said there is "no way" players can study for the test but also emphasized that there is no perfect score. 

"We're trying to capture different ways people are smart," Mehri said.

Test results will be graded by Harold Goldstein, a professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York. 

To protect confidentiality the test results will be shared with only "one or two" team executives, Mehri added. Each team will receive a one page results summary on every player that takes the test to help assess their draft potential. 

The NFL Scouting Combine is Feb. 23 - 26 in Indianapolis. 

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