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IQ Test Scores: The Basics of IQ Score Interpretation

“What do you mean my child isn’t gifted — he got 99 on those tests! That’s nearly a perfect score, isn’t it?” “The criteria you handed out says ‘a score in the 97th percentile or above.’ Peter got an IQ score of 97! That meets the requirement, doesn’t it?” Comments like these are not unusual and indicate a complete misunderstanding of IQ test scores.


Understanding IQ Tests and IQ Scores

Where do IQ tests come from? What does IQ stand for? What are IQ percentiles? If an IQ test is supposed to measure a person's intelligence, what is intelligence? What does ‘multiple intelligences’ mean? How reliable are IQ tests? Can IQ be increased?


One Intelligence or Many?

Whether one agrees with the application of IQ tests or not, it is doubtful that there is such a thing as general intelligence. Intelligence is an encompassing term. Many people feel that intelligence includes such attributes as creativity, persistent curiosity, and success.