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Posted by noa on November 28, 2003, at 16:30:37

In reply to Re: IQ AND MENTAL ILLNESS, posted by pixygoth on November 27, 2003, at 6:04:48

Hopefully, tests used in different places have adujustments to eliminate cultural biases, etc. But I bet some of the most often used tests do have cultural biases anyway, even if the test designers work very hard to try to eliminate them. So IQ scores could differ from population to population using the same test, but it doesn't mean their intelligence level differs. In other words, IQ score is just a snapshot estimate of one's intelligence based on responses to a particular test on a particular day under particular conditions. It can be very useful information. But it isn't the exact same thing as intelligence per se. And, it should never be the sole measure used to size up a person's capacity to learn.




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