Thursday 4 July 2013

High range IQ test prototype for norming


Elijah Armstrong has put together a very entertaining test, intended to be a “high range” intelligence test. He is looking for volunteers to get normative data.

As you all know, any aspect of life can make demands on your problem solving ability, so all of life is an IQ test. However, for a test to have predictive utility the results have to be shown to link to:

A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings “catching on,” “making sense” of things, or “figuring out” what to do.

(Linda Gottfredson and 52 other signatories, Dec 1994)

So, I hope you will take the test, enjoy it, and treat it with absolute indifference. Spearman’s principle of the indifference of the indicator states that the content of a test item is of no significance: what counts is if the results can can predict how you will deal with real life problems.

To take the test, please email Elijah and he will give you the material and the instructions. You should return your results to him. For proper results, make sure you take the test on your own, without your friend Wiki sitting next to you.

In the spirit of absolute disclosure, I am still recovering from post-holiday lassitude, but intent to take the test very soon (having checked my sheep darting reactions times beforehand).

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