IQ tests are mostly accurate at measuring intelligence. This has been proven is many studies. For example IQ tests given to an incoming college freshman can predict with a good degree of accuracy how well that person will perform at college and later in life. Those with high IQs will succeed in their studies and their professional life, while those with low IQs generally fail and make poor decisions later in life.
I'm pretty much against intelligence testing outside medical contexts (such as after a traumatic injury to determine the extent of cognitive impairment). It's because I believe that they do measure intelligence that I'm afraid of them. That is, I don't want to know my full potential and I don't think it's productive to society to tell people theirs. I have a vague idea of roughly what my IQ is, but I am pretty adamant about not taking my certainty any further.
An IQ test only tests one kind of intelligence. There are 8 different kinds and to test only one is to say your 1/8 intelligence. Why test only 1/8 of your brain? Some people's brains work better in different regions than others. This is an unfair test all around. Thank you.
There is much different intelegences Iq is only one type of intelligence out of loads.Its definetly not accurate. I don't know how it can test your intelligence because it's just a bunch of patterns and sequences and not very realistic. I think it's really unfair how they just choose one level of intelligence and everyone has to do.The education system is horrible!!!
Howard Gardner was a professor at Harvard university when he discovered the theory of multiple intelligence which involves...Well literally multiple forms of intelligence. There are 8 forms in this theory and they are naturalist, visual, intrapersonal (self), interpersonal (others), Verbal, Logical, musical, and kinesthetic. This basically means that there isn't just one IQ to test but 8 different forms of intelligence. The only thing an IQ test actually tests is your logical thinking skill so yeah.... DOES IT.
IQ tests measure calculative thinking where solutions to a problem are either right or wrong. The problem with these kind of tests is that they only test one aspect of real life problem solving. Much of the problems that we encounter require in our day to day lives require a combination of logic and creativity.
If is should be mirror of intelligence, it should compare all intelligent object: humans, animals, computers. It does not. These tests are more about logic and solving ability.
It can't be applied for:
AI and computers
people who can't see/read
people who are well versed at solving puzzles
Take the SAT for example. Memorizing hundreds of vocabulary words does not measure your intelligence! It measures how well you can memorize words. Plus, the test is timed. Everyone takes tests at their own speed. What if the person taking the test is a slow reader? They should get extra time because reading the question is costing them precious time, and if they run out of time, it's not because they're slow or stupid, it's because they didn't even get a chance to go through all of the question. Tests don't even measure other important things like critical thinking, working with other people or creativity.
I have two bachelors degrees with one being in Mechanical Engineering Technology and the other in Mathematics. I also have an Associates in Pre-Engineering and earned an Organizational Management and Culture certificate with a 4.0 GPA. With all of this education, I have a low to average IQ score. My ACT score was only a 20 and my total SAT score was a 910. Therefore, to me, an IQ score is not indicative of intelligence.
Measuring someone's intelligence against a variety of questions, ranging from 12-40 is quite absurd. For example, intelligence is about ones capacity for: logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, emotional knowledge, memory, planning, creativity and problem solving. As a majority of IQ questions is based on "find the odd number in the pattern" that doesn't really represent intelligence, especially not the factors described in a definition. How does finding an odd number in a pattern show creativity, planning, self awareness, communication? Maybe memory but nothing else.
Mensa is infamous for its scrabble champions. Given the mind boggling variety of possible inventions, activities, and theories; IQ must have very little to do with intelligence. Among the "elite", creativity is thought to be the product of IQ. So it's fair to say that IQ must have nothing to do with intelligence, because Mensa members do the darndest things with their time.
Many people develop asynchronously and dyssynchronously (varied development in areas), so it’s not fair to judge a person based on their skills clumped together. Another thing with IQ testing is that it’s testing on only a few kinds of intelligence. What about EQ, Emotional Quotient? Or Naturalist intelligence, Intrapersonal intelligence? The IQ tests should be more expansive, and they definitely shouldn’t be taken just one time and used as a label. The most important thing to note is that people change.