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Act of or capacity for grasping with the intellect. The term is most often used in connection with tests of reading skills and language abilities, though other abilities (e.g., mathematical reasoning) may also be examined. Specialists in administering and interpreting such tests are known as psychometricians (seepsychometrics) or differential psychologists. See alsodyslexia; laterality; psychological testing; speech.
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