Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The fluctuation of IQ - new post on BOLD blog

My latest post for the Blog on Learning and Development looks at the fluctuation of individual IQ scores over time, and what this means for education. In the post I consider the utility of IQ tests for school and university entry.

I am especially interested in this topic because I went to a grammar school that I had to take a test for. I remember the run up to the 11+ test and the period afterwards being anxiety-inducing, in part because my two older sisters were already at the grammar school and I thought it would be terrible if I didn't go as well. Luckily for me, I did get in to the school, but my friend didn't. We were both devastated that we weren't going to be together, and I am convinced that I was no more able to learn than she was. In fact, she performed better than me in our SAT tests.

It's fascinating to look at the (lack of) evidence around IQ tests, and consider it alongside my experiences at school.