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IQ TESTING AND GROUPING INTELLIGENCE TESTING AND GROUPING RON WILLIAMS PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY DR FATICA IQ TESTING AND GROUPING 2 In defining intelligence there has always been the question of whether intelligence is measured as a remarkable occurrence or if it has many variables that are combined For example is it how smart a person is Or is it their ability to perform well on standardized tests Are they measuring a persons intelligence Or just some arbitrary quantity of the persons IQ Or is it a mixture of survival mathematical social and other abilities There are many debates regarding whether measuring intelligence is determined from test scores and results or if it is measured by the persons ability to process and problem solve Uses of intelligence testing in an educational setting intelligence and achievement tests are administered routinely to assess individual accomplishment They are used to improve instruction a nd curriculum planning High schools use these tests to assist in the students future educational planning and help decide what college or type of college to attend Elementary schools utilize screening and testing procedures to help determine readiness for writing and reading placement Intelligence can be measured by intelligence tests among them the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale and the Wechsler Scale These tests are intended to determine an individuals intelligence quotient IQ Intelligence tests usually provide an estimate of global cognitive functioning as well as information about functioning within more specific domains Intelligence tests are quite stable compared to measures of other human traits However the degree of stability increases with age such that early childhood and preschool measures of intellectual function are far less predictive of later functioning than assessments taken during middle childhood The stability of intelligence test scores may change as a function due to important environmental factors Therefore intelligence test scores are descriptive of a childs functioning at that point in time when taking a test The test scores
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