Does an IQ Test Really Measure Intelligence?
people throughout the years have struggled with the concept of how to measure
the intelligence of one person versus another person. Using everything from
standardized tests to overall work, school, or life performance, people like to
be able to quantify how they rank against their neighbor. The IQ Test is one
of the more popular methods for determining if you are smarter than the average
person, but does it really measure intelligence?
way that the IQ Test is scored (for official IQ Tests at least) is very
scientific. It literally ranks you against your peers in the same age group
and will tell you if you performed better or worse than them on the test. From
this point of view, the IQ Test is a very good indicator of how well you
answered the questions compared to the other test takers. However, the real issue
for debate is whether the questions are a good indicator of intelligence level.
questions on an IQ Test are generally designed to test logical and reasoning
ability as well as spacial deduction skills. If you consider logic and
reasoning to be the same as intelligence, then the IQ Test definitely is a good
measure of how intelligent a person is. However, many people argue that the IQ
Tests discriminate against other types of intelligence, such as creativity,
while others discount the test results because of cultural biases that are
perceived within the questions. Whatever your take on the IQ Test and whether
or not it really measures intelligence lies in how you define intelligence in
the first place.