Why IQ is important ?

Why IQ is important ?

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An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. … By this definition, approximately two-thirds of the population scores are between IQ 85 and IQ 115.

IQ tests don’t measure other qualities such as personality, talent, persistence and application. You might not have a high IQ but if you have a gung-ho personality then you may use what you have more effectively than someone with a high IQ… I regard IQ like a muscle, you may be born with the muscles of an Olympiad but if you don’t use them they will diminish

A growing body of research suggests general cognitive ability may be the best predictor of job performance.
Social skills, drive, and personality traits such as conscientiousness matter, too.

Companies currently place a much greater emphasis on personality traits than on IQ.

It could be wise for companies to start measuring job candidates’ intelligence and personality traits, to get a more holistic picture of their potential.

For some people, knowing their IQ helps boost their self confidence and morale, and eggs them on to attempt new things, fight challenges or to tax their mental resources and stretch the arch to scale greater heights. For others, it may have adverse effects. Learning that one’s IQ is below average, can be a shattering experience. They may withdraw into themselves and tag themselves complete losers who would never taste any fruit of success. However, it should be remembered that having a high IQ does not ensure success.

“Why should I know my IQ score?”
Millions of people across the globe take IQ and personality tests in schools, colleges and of course as a part of the selection procedure when applying for jobs. IQ and related test scores hold gravity for Central, State and Banking service examinations and for entry to engineering medical and other professional (Management, Administrative) courses. Legislatures, schools and universities, employers, industries, companies, service and other organizations are all using these tests in a multitude of ways to sieve the best from the rest. By best I imply, people best fitted to the requirements or a particular competency model.

Some other contexts where IQ scores are used, are as follows:

They are predictors of educational achievement for a group or controlled batch of students or trainees.

They are use to identify people with special needs (gifted, disabled, etc.). For instance, a score of above 130 indicates exceptional intelligence and a score below 70 may indicate mental retardation. Testing and analyzing their individual faculties that comprise the total IQ can lead the doctor or analyst to where learning disability lies.

A low IQ score may signal that a child needs different methods of instruction. A learning disabled child, who does not receive early remedial assistance, is very likely to show test scores going downhill. The child may be quite intelligent, but because of poor language and math skills, the child may learn and test like a slow learner. These children with unique needs now have access to different kinds of instruction and instructional media.
They are examined by social scientists who study the distribution of IQ scores in populations and the relationships between IQ score and other variables, and as predictors of job performance and income.

Sure, scientists have contested the mighty importance and accuracy of IQ as a standard of intelligence as well as the nature of intelligence itself, but there is a general agreement that IQ is a pretty good predictor of success in the educational world. Goes without saying that, a high IQ boosts up the confidence to a great extent.

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