Aptitude One Of The Concerns In Assessing Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 2 Subject: Psychology Type: Essay Paper: #20249347 Related Topics: Functional Behavior Assessment, Test, Observation, Autism
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¶ … Aptitude

One of the concerns in assessing general intelligence is that there is an over-emphasis upon verbal intelligence. Even if the test is not specifically a verbal IQ test, this is a concern given that fluency in the English language (and the type of English used by the test designer) may impact the test-taker's ability to interpret the instructions. The purpose of the Cultural Fair IQ test is to distill all verbal advantages from the test design, versus tests such as the test of Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence. These tests, much like Visual-Spatial Intelligence tests are designed to test a specific 'kind' of intelligence vs. general intelligence.

Everyone has different personal strengths and weaknesses and the advantage of taking separate tests is that these abilities can be more perfectly isolated and measured. It also ensures that, for example, an unusually strong spatial intelligence does not result in an artificially high score on the Cultural Fair IQ test which is supposed to assess general intelligence or an unusually large vocabulary does not give one an artificially high score on a verbal tests of ostensibly general intelligence like the Wechsler Scales or Stanford-Binet. However, the disadvantage is that by segmenting tests, an incomplete picture of the subject's ability cannot be arrived at, since ultimately functional intelligence requires...


spatial IQ both on the supposedly generalized Cultural Fair IQ test as well as the segmented tests. I also felt that the online format encouraged more impulsive decision-making on the test, versus the more traditional paper-based method. Paper-based tests also allow for more strategizing by skipping around the test. Both testing formats are supposed to be more objective and less prone to observer bias than other methods of assessing performance such as observations and open-ended evaluations of (for example) problem-solving or written essays although the standardized test format can still be biased based upon the background of the test designer.

Self-check: Part II

The predominant competing theories regarding intelligence are between theorists who believe that there is a 'generalized' intelligence factor vs. those who stress the existence of multiple intelligences, or the idea that someone can be very intelligent in one area (say, musical or kinesthetic intelligence) yet lacking in other…

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