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Unformatted text preview: October 15, 2009 MAJOR FUNCTIONS OF INTELLIGENCE TESTS Selection and Placement - determining which track students will be placed in when I was in school there was the college track, the business track, and the vocational track. This determined the types of classes people took and the activities they engaged in Evaluation and research - determining whether particular educational programs work. e.g. the benefits of Head Start programs have been evaluated using IQ tests. Medical Settings- outside of education, IQ tests are used by clinicians to measure cognitive functioning in general after head injuries, after surgery, etc. Academic Settings- see if IQ predicts success in school, relates to other skills (e.g. Social Skills) Military/Job Settings- Also, intelligence tests are used quite often by the military to determine what recruits are best suited for. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT INTELLIGENCE AND IQ TESTS Intelligence tests measure innate intelligence . Most intelligence tests measure interactions with the environment by assessing, at least in part, what you have learned over the years (the verbal/crystallized intelligence).- so the tests are not measuring just innate intelligence. IQs never change - peoples IQs change throughout life, but especially from birth through age 6. Intelligence tests provide perfectly reliable scores - test scores are only estimates Intelligence tests measure all we need to know about intelligence - one of the things we have seen is that most intelligence tests do not measure the entire spectrum of abilities related to intellectual abilities....
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