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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.

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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?

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History of the IQ Test and Intelligence Testing

Learn more about the history of the IQ test and intelligence testing, which began in earnest in France, when in 1904 psychologist Alfred Binet was commissioned by the French government to find a method to differentiate between children who were intellectually normal and those who were inferior.

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Should We Abandon the IQ Test in the Analysis of the LD Child?

The most important criterion in diagnosing a child as learning disabled is the IQ test. The aim of an IQ test is to measure the intelligence of a child, which supposedly is an indication of the child's potential. But where does the test come from and does it really measure potential?

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What IQ Scores Mean

Intelligence testing began in earnest in France, when in 1904 psychologist Alfred Binet was commissioned by the French government to find a method to differentiate between children who were intellectually normal and those who were inferior. The purpose was to put the latter into special schools. There they would receive more individual attention...

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