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1. a formatted or patterned way of examining mass groups of like individuals to determine the average intelligence and ability of each. 2. an examination that documents how successful one is, generally on a regular basis.

ABILITY TEST: "Ability tests come in many shapes and forms, and have been mandated in nearly all public schools in America in recent years, stemming from the enactment of the No Child Left Behind law."

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