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  •  IQ tests are rubbish at testing "intelligence" (8+ / 0-)

    They do measure certain specific areas of competence (albeit in an often culturally-biased way), but averaging a persons skill across these areas into a single number which is then equated to intelligence is ridiculous. What about people who are strong writers, but lousy at math? Or the reverse? What about those things that tests like this never measure (e.g., artistic talent)?

    I do well at standardized tests, and I know exactly how much and how little that really means. I have excellent verbal skills. I'm fairly good at logic and math. I'm not bad at a few other things.  But in real life I'm not particularly observant. I have no strong artistic gifts outside of writing. I'm at least a bit subpar in those skills people often lump together in the catch-all category of "common sense". I am absolutely abysmal at focusing for extended periods on work or information in which I have little interest. These and many other things are all part of "intelligence", a concept so loosely defined that no test should ever make any strong claims at being able to measure it.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:15:28 AM PDT

    •  THere are modified tests... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that try to take more dimensions into account.

      I took one of those employment aptitude tests.  It was sort of an IQ test, but with a lot more dimensions.  I aced most of it, but I did not do well in the "mechanical skills" department.  That gig as an airplane mechanic is probably not attainable for me.

      •  Aptitude tests do a considerably better job (1+ / 0-)
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        of measuring aptitudes than IQ tests do of measuring intelligence. This guy is apparently one of those guys who still believe "The Bell Curve" had something worthwhile and useful to say.

        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
        --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

        by leftist vegetarian patriot on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:21:02 PM PDT

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