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Are IQ tests really accurate?
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Posted 3/28/08 , edited 2/5/09
mmmm...what do u think?

personally i'm skeptical about it...what is intelligence? is it the ability to do well in school? is it the ability to read well and spell correctly? the problem is that the term intelligence has never been defined adequately and therefore nobody knows what an IQ test is supposed to measure. if intelligence cannot be defined, assessing it quantitatively is considered inappropriate....right?

they say IQ tests are intended to determine your level of intelligence--yes, they may not give an exact measure but they somewhat "group" people ..like for example, if your IQ score is 145-159, you are said to be "highly gifted"...

it's hard to tell if IQ tests are really accurate. but, if we base everything on the superficial, we can look at these exceptional individuals and their accomplishments as examples:

William James Sidisknown to have an IQ of 250+
Albert Einsteinknown to have an IQ of 165+, formulated the Theory of Relativity
Richard Feynmanknown to have an IQ of 125 (or lower), expanded the Theory of Quantum Electrodynamics

based on the given examples, one can infer that IQ does not/cannot rate a person’s level of intelligence accurately. Sidis is said to have a higher IQ than Einstein, but judging from the former’s contributions, he doesn’t seem to be that superior to Einstein. and about Feynman, his IQ does not even belong to the “genius class” (IQ of 140 up), but nevertheless, he is considered a genius.


most people say that IQ tests are not really that accurate...if so, then why do most companies / educational institutions use it to gauge the ability of an individual? does that mean they really are trustworthy enough to tell whether a person is intelligent or competent?

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Posted 3/28/08
The truth about IQ is that it changes relative to time , and more likely than not , would increase with age. IQ tests work on the basis of testing ur ability to recognise patterns , memory, etc. But all these can be learnt/practiced with time.

An interesting point of note is that recently , they decided to implement a system basing intellect quota relative to age. And nowadays we have tests for EQ , AQ , etc. And yet the truth is that most of these tests are still being researched upon , very much at the infancy stage.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IQ). Each IQ test, however, is designed and valid only for a certain IQ range. Because so few people score in the extreme ranges, IQ tests usually cannot accurately measure very low and very high IQs.
So , basically even if you are a genius, the test would probably not be able to tell you accuratly.

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In addition to mingler0's response, the relationship between IQ and "contributions" is not causal. One can be highly intelligent but lazy or unintelligent but hard-working, after all, and we cannot factor out simple luck. If I am going to judge a person, it will be through his actions in the real world rather than a number associated with this somewhat nebulous notion of "intelligence."
Posted 3/28/08
Yup, totally right...I have classmates whom I think smarter than me...how do I know that??? Bcoz they make really meaningful sentences...very good at english....the other one is special...very good at talking...

For me I have lower grades in Eng...My fav subject is Math but I get lower grades...I just don't have enough vocabulary in my mind...I have to look it in the dictionary or encyclopedia...

But hey!!! Really funny thing...I always think their smarter but I am the top 1 in our class not always 1st but most of the time...It's bcoz I'm good at analizing and not so good at memorizing but I surely can...And I read, I do all my homeworks, pass everything in time, do what the teachers told us to do even if it's hard I try my best...It differs among people...I do believe anyone can be 1st in our class if he/she would surely do their best...I'm just doing my part.
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I got a 104 on one of those IQ tests designed for kids my age :\

I think its total crap though, because people don't need to be smart to do good.
Posted 3/28/08
Not really, some smart people aren't good test takers.
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I meant do good in life, not on the test :\
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Posted 3/28/08
i dont think so.
people think differently.
some people think logically and
some think outside the box.
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Posted 3/29/08
If you believe it is true then you will think too much into it and get a above average score.
If you don't care, then you will get a high score. And if you don't know a lot of english... you'll get a low score..
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Posted 3/29/08
i think its not really accurate....
i just had an iQ test about few days ago...
but for some reason its not really accurate cause i tried differrent
questions to determine my IQ it always turned different
from the first rseult
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Posted 3/29/08
well, it depends..
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Posted 3/29/08
I think so, got mine tested and I scored 154 or something
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It's not accurate because it range for lower IQ people
But regarding your statement, I dont think AE ( albert ) was 165 something since I read that Masi Oka from HEROES series has 180 IQ. Which makes me proud of that otaku man.

Well, let me say something. THe one who I think is smarter is not the top ten in class. It's the one who can do reasoning and analyze things well. Proper thinking and playful with Earth he/she sees.
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Posted 3/29/08

neuroneuster wrote:

It's not accurate because it range for lower IQ people
But regarding your statement, I dont think AE ( albert ) was 165 something since I read that Masi Oka from HEROES series has 180 IQ. Which makes me proud of that otaku man.


Actually, it's true. Albert Einstein's IQ is believed to be between 165-180. The reason behind a relatively low IQ for one of the smartest men in history is that while he has a high mathematical intellect, he is rather weak in his language, which is where he lost out. Besides, anything above 145 is considered to be a genius, with a percentage of about 0.25 (1 person in 400). The IQ testing tends to go hay-wired after it hits 145 since there is only a small group of people with IQ of that level.
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Posted 3/29/08
maybe an IQ test that is done by a professional who is specialized in such test might be accurate.... but the Iq test on the internet might be too general..... there are alot of beings in this world, and each individual has his/her own uniqueness... IQ test on the internet are not too accurate
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