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  1. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    Even IQ tests are nor reliable enough to predict a true genius! In fact, there are no tests for such, let alone just memory types of tests!!

  2. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, over 1 year ago

    I’ve been told the tests aren’t supposed to pick out the guaranteed successes as much as they’re meant to winnow out the likely failures. Of course, that only applies to the academic world. Anyone with smarts & a strong work ethic can do well, regardless of education.

  3. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    Many universities are choosing to ignore these tests since they appear to have almost zero predictive ability. Grades and essays are what still do the trick.

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    The ‘essay’ part of the SAT was (and is) a big problem. An essay is an excellent assessment, except for the tiny detail of evaluation. According to some critics, a handful of simple tricks, tricks for sale for a few thousand dollars, enabled those who could afford them to achieve top scores on the SAT essay.


    So the SAT essay, made mandatory about a decade ago, will soon be optional, and the grade on the essay will not be part of the numerical SAT score, which is being returned from 2,400 back to 1,600.

  5. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Test are imperfect instruments. The problem remains about how do you allocate resources to those most likely to benefit from them. Some one still has to select who will fill the available slots at a college or a job. It is too expensive to try everyone out for a year or two to find out if they can do anything.

  6. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    Speaking as an authority on assessment…IQ has been shown to account for no more than 25% of performance on the job. So even if the SAT were a great assessment instrument (which it is not), it would hardly be a comprehensive assessment.
    Harvard made the SAT optional around 15 years ago. Ironically, shortly after the death of one of their greatest faculty members, who had challenged the SAT and related instruments since the 1970s.

  7. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Yes.

  8. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    We make our world smaller and smaller by the use of statistifying everything almost to the point of voodoo-think.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @motivemagus

    "Speaking as an authority on assessment…IQ has been shown to account for no more than 25% of performance on the job. "

    I used to know a kid that embodied the old saying “book smart, street stupid.” He got straight A’s in school without really trying, but outside of his school work he acted like a complete and utter dumb a**. For someone so smart, he seemed completely incapable of thinking before acting.

  10. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Where are the conservative posters…
    .
    Ya just hadda go and rattle their cage, dincha? Ya went and woke up Harley, hungry for his liberal-hate breakfast rant.

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    There is a difference between being in a structured enviornment like school where there are expectations, and being in the real world where you are free to make your own decisions in competition with everyone else.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    When you think of IQ also think of Eugenics which it was created for to measure who is “superior” and “inferior.” Even today it is only one measure of intelligence. Once you get up passed 160 it is even less precise.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @DoctorUmmmNo

    Emotional Intelligence, or how you deal with people is a better indicator of success than IQ or SAT scores.

  14. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    Excellent points, all. In school I learned that you cannot take the average of a Cauchy distribution. My first day on my first job, I was told to find the average of the Cauchy distribution. I said it couldn’t be done. I was fired, and everyone said, ‘He got good marks in maths, but he knows nothing about the real world.’


    My replacement asked the customer, ‘What average would you like?’ They told him and he wrote a report that $100,000 had ascertained that the average was exactly what the customer had hoped it would be, and he got a 30% commission. Plus, that $100,000 only got spent in his report, only on paper, so he pocketed $30,000 of the customer’s money and the company pocketed $70,000. That’s what it takes to do well in the real world.


    And I still haven’t got a clue.

  15. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, over 1 year ago

    @DoctorUmmmNo

    “Anyone with smarts & a strong work ethic can do well, regardless of education.”
    .
    Not necessarily.
    One also needs “connections.”
    Tell me that GHWB or GWB did well because of their smarts and their work ethic. Duh….

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