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alpha test′, 
  1. Psychologya set of mental tests designed to measure the general intelligence of individuals able to read and write, used by the U.S. Army in World War I.
  2. Computingan early test of new or updated computer software conducted by the developers of the program prior to beta-testing by potential users. Cf. beta test.

alpha test′, +
  • Computingan early test of new or updated computer software conducted by the developers of the program prior to beta-testing by potential users. Cf.  beta test. 

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