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  •  Yes, it's not the composite score that matters (0+ / 0-)

    but the pattern of subscale scores.

    It's important to realize that a psychometrically valid IQ test is individually administered by a qualified psychologist; it is not a matter of a large group of people using #2 pencils to fill in bubbles. If, for example, the test subject is feeling sick, the psychologist will postpone the test to another day because he knows that the results wouldn't be accurate. This is obviously not the case for kids taking SATs.

    Sometimes truth is spoken from privilege and falsehood is spoken to power. Good intentions aren't enough.

    by ebohlman on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:25:06 PM PDT

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    •  Interesting claim... and not one I have seen befor (0+ / 0-)

      Can you provide a cite?

      It's important to realize that a psychometrically valid IQ test is individually administered by a qualified psychologist; it is not a matter of a large group of people using #2 pencils to fill in bubbles.
      It is also important to distinguish between an IQ test used as a diagnostic tool for one child and a test that is being used statistically to compare groups.
      If, for example, the test subject is feeling sick, the psychologist will postpone the test to another day because he knows that the results wouldn't be accurate.
      In the first case, this would be appropriate.  In the second, absolutely not unless you have clear and objective criteria for postponement to avoid adding experimenter bias to your results.

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