Why Your IQ Score Shouldn’t Be Taken Seriously

One such incredible paper, comes from UPenn, a research led by Dr Angela Duckworth.

What They Did
They had two studies – 
Study 1. They compared the IQ scores of 46 different groups of people  among which some had had an incentive to do well and others took an IQ test under standard conditions. 
Study 2. They did a longitudinal study of 251 boys, following them through adolescents to early adulthood to see if other traits, the ones that intelligence tests do not test for (perseverance, dedication etc) had a similar impact on their life outcomes as did IQ scores. 
What They Found
Study 1 – In groups that had an incentive to do well, they actually did perform better than those who had no incentive to do well. The effect was larger in individuals who had a ‘lower IQ’ than those who had a ‘higher IQ’.
Study 2 – They found that non-measured traits like dedication, perseverance, etc, can potentially have similar life outcomes as IQ tests. 
What This Means for Us 
IQ tests can only say so much. While intelligence is an important factor in life, we may not yet have the tools that measure the variety of intelligence. So while IQ tests say something about you, they hardly paint a complete picture. It is therefore, incorrect to rely solely on IQ tests as a measure of one’s competence and the life outcomes. While we don’t exactly know how to measure intelligence, we do know some ways to facilitate it, something that we will talk about next week. 
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