Definition of performance test in US English:

performance test


  • 1Psychology a non-verbal test of capability or intelligence based on the performance of certain manual tasks.

  • 2A measurement of the weight gain, food conversion, and other heritable characteristics of a farm animal, as a guide to selective breeding.

  • 3A test of the performance and specification of a machine or manufactured product.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in New York Medical Journal.