Placement Tests

Elizabeth Reynard’s creative skills were a huge asset when it came to helping the Hunter College recruits understand the different types of jobs available. She had dioramas of the various naval ships displayed at boot camp, and also brought in airplane and engine models as well as various equipment women might use on the job. She even set up a Naval History Museum on the Bronx campus.

But even though the women knew their options, and could request certain positions, their specialty training was often determined by a round of aptitude tests, which began even before the women enlisted. At Hunter, there were more tests, including a voice recorder and instruments to check a woman’s aptitude for control tower work. The Navy, frankly, wanted the most skilled women in each given position and the tests, when combined with Navy need, helped to determine who did what.


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