Rules and Method of Word Association Test Formation ~ Psychology Test in SSB Interview

Word Association Test-

This is a normal test, which the psychologist will conduct. The test includes exposing the students manually to 60 words, which are general in nature, with a suitable gap of 15 seconds to form the sentences. The test is designed to check the practical intelligence of the students. In this test, unlike TAT the stimulus is better defined than the picture, suitable written. If you recall, constructing of sentences is an old practice which we undergo in the primary level of schooling. The sentences framed should be comprehensive, complete using the word effectively. Students should include the word which has been shown by the assessor. In case of omission of the specific words, utilizing its meaning in constructing of sentence is advocated. Do not get involved in antonyms/ synonyms, which is not required in the testing.
Construction of sentences does not have any binding implications, and the sentences therefore should be framed logically and meaningful in nature. Do not tie down yourself by certain conditions and grammar; otherwise you will not be able to complete the sentences. Day to day visuals and experiences can be incorporated, idioms, phrases can be logically used and sermons and suggestion should be limited. Using high sounding English can be avoided. Remember, do not create a complex profile rather help the assessor and practical intelligence, keeping mind, whatever you do in service Selection Board should be true and suiting your personality rather than copying high profile students and landing you in stress related situations. Now-a-days majority of students apply for Armed Forces while working in call centers and BPO’s, whose English profile is much better but expression is poor grammatically. Language is the instrument to access and convey conveniently and constructively. The words and sentences have been framed to help the students in applying their mind successfully.


In the test a series of words are shown to the candidate in tie sequence. After seeing the word the candidate is required to write a sentence using that word directly or indirectly but conveying the sense of the original word.
There are 60 words which are selected on the basis of each factor of OLQ contributing 15 words.
The words are of two types: (1) + ve, (2) – ve.
For example Love and Hate respectively.
The sentences are of two types, i.e. Heavy Weight Sentences and Light Weight Sentence. The e.g. of these types are as follows:


(1)    He is a student of Govt. High School (Light Weight).
(2)    He is and intelligent, sincere, honest student (Heavy Weight).
Therefore in this test a heavy weight, sentence is used not the light weight sentence is used.

Rules of the Test

(1)    60 words ( +ve and –ve )
(2)    Time: 15 sec/word (To see the word and write the sentence).
When the word is changed on the board, the psychologist on duty announces the word “NEXT”.


Methods for using + ve words:
TPSN Method: Third person Singular Number Method
Formula: A TPSN + OW + Other words
TPSN – Third person singular number – 1st
OW – original word - 1st
Other words  3rd onwards
TPSN – she, a leader, an officer, an army officer, a manager, a scientist, a scholar, a proof, a doctor, an engineer, a captain, a citizen, a brave, etc. (showing leadership image).
A TPSN can be qualified by a; prefix word of adjective like –good, efficient, intelligent, honest.
Original word: noun, adjective, adverb, and verb.
Beauty, beautiful, beautifully, beautifying

Method 1

For example
(1)    Love
(1)    She loves her friend as brothers and sisters.
                      TPSN                     OW
(2)    An army officer loves his soldiers as his own brothers.
               TPSN                     OW
(3)    A scholar loves book t enhance his knowledge.
(4)    A scientist loves discoveries as his own creations.
(5)    A good captain loves his prayers to win the matches.
(6)    A leader loves his followers as his own supporters.
(2)    Accept
(1)    A good officer      accepts his duties.
        TPSN                          OW
(2)    A brave accepts challenges of life boldly.
(3)    A good manager accepts useful suggestions from his colleagues.
(4)    A good student accepts learning from his teacher.
(5)    A scientist accepts new discoveries to benefit mankind.
(6)    A good manage
(7)    A good engineer accepts new project to benefits society.
(3)    Reward
(1)    A good army officer rewards his soldiers for their bravery.
(2)    A captain rewards his team-mates.
(3)    A good manager rewards his workers for their excellent performance.
(4)    A principal rewards students for high academic achievement.
(5)    A good scientist rewards his fellow scientist for their new innovation.
(4)    Sacrifice
(1)    An army officer sacrifices his life for the nation.
(2)    A good manager sacrifices his personal comforts for the well-being of the organization.
(3)    He sacrifices his personal interest to help others.
(4)    A scientist sacrifices his entire times for the new inventions.

*Note: preferably select Role Play Method.
This is copyright material taken from book published by Atlantic publication and written by Lt. Col Rajeev Devgan


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