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How Important Is My Child's IQ Test Score?

Updated on September 23, 2013
Standard IQ tests measure mental ability in areas such as visual, logic, spatial, math, vocabulary and general knowledge.
Standard IQ tests measure mental ability in areas such as visual, logic, spatial, math, vocabulary and general knowledge.

Every child is born a genius. —Albert Einstein

Do you remember how you scored on your last Intelligence Quotient test (IQ)? Chances are you vaguely remember those questions requiring you to analyze a set of numbers, review spatial concepts or recognize patterns. What you most likely recall is your pre-test anxiety and the feeling of frustration afterwards.

As a parent we can sympathize with our child when they are faced with taking an IQ test at school. It is a matter of preparation and attitude that helps a child prepare well for test taking. Some parents overemphasize priming a child for test taking resulting in poor test performance or a false indicator of a child's intelligence.

If your child scores well on the intelligence quotient test let them know how proud you are of their ability to problem solve, but do not over reward the performance. If your child scores poorly, avoid showing disappointment and communicating negative thoughts. Your child may have encountered harmful motivation such as conflict with other children, slight illness, hunger, or even lack of sleep impacting his or her performance.

A Child's CreativeThinking At Its Best!

A kindergarten teacher handed out a coloring page to her class. On it was a picture of a duck holding an umbrella. The teacher told her class to color the duck in yellow and the umbrella green; however, Bobby, colored the duck in a bright fire truck red. After seeing this, the teacher asked him, "Bobby, how many times have you seen a red duck?" Young Bobby replied with, "The same number of times I've seen a duck holding an umbrella."

—Author Unknown

Discussion of IQ Test Meanings

The IQ test is meant to measure basic processing ability, cognitive mental skills, and diagnose learning problems. Some tests are taken to access a child's intelligence level for placement into a gifted program. It may indicate patterns of strength and weaknesses helpful in determining learning success. What it does not convey is a child's individual talents or creativity, nor does it indicate personality type.

Because scores are at times improperly assessed or misinterpreted, assumptions are made indicating a child's mental skills are good for learning, or that they have a learning disability. IQ scores may camouflage learning problems needing specialized instruction or attention. For instance, IQ scores fail to ascertain phonemic awareness which is crucial in learning to read.

Research shows IQ scores can vary throughout a child's school years, even an adult's intelligence level can change through a lifetime. Factors affecting scores are personal environment, individual problems, and growth spurts. A child's IQ is most indicative at the age of six and above, however, a seven year old's score most accurately forecasts the adult IQ.

Many psychologists and educators believe the test indicates better learners in higher grade levels, better choices in careers and the ability to engage in positive adult social interactions.

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Factors Affecting IQ

Teachers recognize the importance of good nutrition when it comes to a student's ability to comprehend and absorb classroom instruction. Additionally, children who score lower on tests may lack in intellectual development due to meager living conditions and poor health. Racially segregated and disadvantaged communities are environmental factors contributing to lower IQ scores in early school years.

Children who are prematurely born, of low birth weight or with other obstetric care and treatment during childbirth or delivery also possess lower scores than the general population. By the way, did you know that research proves the size of one's head, in terms of cranial volume, is correlated to a person's IQ? Interesting.

Children provided with developmentally appropriate play and learning materials, who are allowed to explore and encouraged to think creatively, show higher intellectual development through the early years. Warm nurturing home environments affect how a child learns and is an indicator of future intellectual potential in the classroom.

It should be understandable that a student who is absent from school a majority of the time will reflect lower intellectual test scores than a student who attends school regularly. Aptitude is also affected by vacations and holidays, but marginally as a whole.

Source: brainy-child.com

Test Score Intervals and Their Meaning

Intelligence Interval
Cognitive Designation
40 - 54
Severly challenged (less than 1% of test takers)
55 - 69
Challenged (2.3% of test takers)
70 - 84
Below Average
85 - 114
Average (68% of test takers)
115 - 129
Above Average
130 - 144
Gifted (2.3% of test takers)
145 - 159
Genius (less than 1% of test takers)
160 - 175
Extraordinary Genius
 
Source: IQtest.com

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History of Intelligence Testing

Intelligence testing was developed by Alfred Binet, a French psychologist, to predict academic success in children who attended public schools. Along with his colleague, Theodore Simon, they administered tests of practical knowledge, memory, reasoning, vocabulary and problem solving. It was later brought to the U.S. by Henry Goddard to test for mental retardation. Later, Lewis Terman, adapted it for adult use calling it the intelligence quotient or IQ.

The tests today no longer use the original IQ formula of using mental age divided by chronological age of the person taking the test. Instead, the test score compares a person's performance with others his/her own age, while arbitrarily defining the average score as 100. It is used widely in education, the military, and business. Source: iqtest.com

Increase Your Child's Test Taking Ability

Reading

Provide your child age-appropriate reading material such as books, magazines and computer learning games that build vocabulary and language skills. Instill the love of reading in your child to increase successful classroom education.

Play

Furnish your child with age-appropriate toys that encourage creative play based activities and stimulate thought processes. Puzzles, blocks and other manuplatives are great ways to motivate a child to learn patterns skills especially useful in math.

Social

Allow your child some time to play alone, but also encourage playtime with other children. Exposure to how others play will build his or her social skills which are conducive to learning negotiation. Negotation is important in making choices and decisions.

Field Trips

Take trips to the zoo, museum and park to promote learning in a different setting. Encoding of information begins by using multiple ways to endorse knowledge and these settings offer children fun, creative environments in which to learn.

Health

A child functions better, as do adults, when they are rested and eat a healthy meal. Role model good food choices and make family dining a learning experience. Make sure your child eats well before a test day and gets enough sleep hours appropriate to his or her age.

Praise

Constructive praise is so essential in building self confidence enabling a child to feel successful. Positive approval from a parent of a child's skills and abilities helps to eliminate the feeling of failure. Encouragement and talking constructively with a child about blunders infuses strength of character and the ability to accept mistakes as a natural learning process.

Parent-Teacher Conference

Talking with your child's teacher about how he or she learns best will help you to understand the skills you can reinforce at home. You may also discover ways to fill learning gaps helpful in overcoming areas where your child is weak. If you child needs extra help, seek outside tutoring or study groups.

© 2013 Dianna Mendez

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub on the basics of these IQ tests which people take very seriously. I remember my college roommate...IQ barely 100 and she went on to get a masters degree..Had to work really hard..and I was much more lax about studying with a higher IQ... So we can rise above the test score. Voting up and sharing.

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      Rati Hegde 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      very informative ... liked reading it. But these days don't you feel that along with IQ even EQ (emotional quotient) is very important, as that is the key to leading a happy & content life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the example of the duck and the umbrella! Great hub with fantastic suggestions. IQ, as you know, if over-rated as a measure of intelligence, and it is so important that children be made to feel good about themselves. Helping them to improve is vitally important. Well done Dianna!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful information, Dianna. Like Bill, I think that IQ tests are overrated. They are popular, though, and your advice is excellent for helping parents prepare their children for an IQ test.

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      Christine Wade 4 years ago from UK

      IQ tests were used since the beginning of 20th century. Since then many other ability tests were invented such as Emotional Intelligence (an ability to understand the feelings of others) tests and tests measuring creative abilities. Now it is generally recognised that all these abilities are independent from cognitive abilities measured by IQ, so that children can be potentially good artists or actors but still score low in IQ, but the hub is very interesting, I enjoyed reading it. Voted up

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hey Teaches! Taking tests can be intimidating for many of our children, especially the older ones. They just freeze up. I agree that reading, play time, socializing, outings, healthy living contribute to a child's intelligence.

      Very interesting and informative. Votes and shares! :-)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dianna.....I thoroughly enjoyed this informational hub. I have recently read an article in a medical magazine, written specifically on this subject.......written by a Dr.

      I'm happy to tell you, "teacher of Hubville".....your hub is written far superior and much more clearly. In fact, you included vital facts that were not present in the other article! Bravo...& congratulations.

      You're the best.....UP+++

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      Enormously informative and interesting! Thank you once again for always making me a little smarter and more informed. :)

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      twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Interesting! I get the impression iq tests are being used less and less these days - does that seem true to you?

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Had to work with my daughter.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carol, it is so wonderful that we can rise above the labels that people place on us. Some times common sense is worth much more. Thanks for your input and enjoy your week.

      Ratihegde, I agree with you on the emotional quotient. How we see life is what guides us. Great view!

      Bill, the IQ is still used in some cases, but it needs updated and perhaps mingled with other useful tests. So many times the administrator reads into them what they want to see. Thanks for your insightful feedback.

      Alicia C, perhaps in the near future we will see improved tests that measure the whole child and helps them to set goals for learning, among other things. Enjoy your week.

      Christine, you have hit upon the argument that exists currently about the use of not only IQ's but other testing tools. Times have changed and a more precise tool must be developed to measure not only intelligence but the entire child's being. Thank you for your contribution to the conversation. Be well and safe.

      Sholland, I still freeze before taking tests. Helping children to relax and understand the test taking concept helps them to approach it with confidence. Good add to the topic!

      Fpher, thank you for validating the post -- I very much appreciate your positive feedback. My concern as a teacher is that children realize that tests are wonderful tools for measuring such things as intelligence, but they do not define or limit your potential in life. So glad you stopped by. I hope your weekend is going well.

      Roxanne, glad to hear that you got something from the post. It is always a pleasure to see you. Enjoy your day.

      Twoseven, I do agree the IQ is not used as much as in the past. However, with the concern of our nation's children against those in other countries, such as China, the powers that be are contemplating how to increase the educational system -- which means further testing. Let's hope that they see that intelligence is one aspect of life but not the total worth of a person's contribution in society. Thank you for coming by and for leaving such a stimulating comment. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mhatter, don't put too much emphasis on this testing tool. It has its uses indeed, but there is so much more to a child's mind and view of life. Hugs to your little one.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Such great information and I just loved the YouTube!!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Hi Teaches12345 how I wish you could come along to a meeting with the school on Monday regarding my daughter. Invisible disabilities which impact her math skills are creating some huge barriers and I am frustrated with a system that talks about accommodating. The reality is it accommodates for specific challenges if you fail the square box vs round hole testing offered. Thanks for the information. Well presented as always.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Good tips for parents especially of young children . . . I subbed the other day in an autistic classroom for three and four years old. When I think of the difference the school is making in their lives at an early age. . . huge. Some kids are developmentally behind for no apparent reason and catch up in later years. The brain continues to develop into our early twenties and for boys it longer. Enjoyed the marshmallow test video . . . very cute. Kathi :O)

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hello teaches12345. This is a fun and interesting article. I have known brilliant children to score normal on IQ tests when everyone knows they are obviously far above normal. Unused potential as you mentioned can also make a difference in a less positive way. The teachers wanted to measure my son's IQ because he is AIG but I said no. I don't want that pressure on him either way.

      By the way, I made a 100 on your ever so entertaining quiz!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, voted up and all across but funny. Your articles are ALWAYS full of great wealth and knowledge. Many of your articles have helped me with my own children and for that, I am thankful. Others should be as well. I am so busy anymore so I apologize for the extremely late visit. Hope all is well Teaches.

      The interacting with your child at an early age is crucial. It is never too young to learn. I started with my boy at 2 and he could read very well by 4. Same with simple math, ect. Wonderful article.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, they used to say that the IQ was the most important thing, but you have said it beautifully, how they feel, and they act with other children and other factors are so much more important. I remember when I was at school I passed most of my exams but not with really big high scores, purely because of bullying against me and illness, when I left school, with no pressure on me a few years later I passed for Mensa, where you have to be over 139. so it just goes to prove that other factors come into it, great hub and voted and shared! nell

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Excellent hub. I have a better understanding of how this works after reading this. My IQ score is above average. I've taken this exam many times before and the score is around the same range. I have also taken emotional intelligence tests before and scored about the same.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Acaetna, so glad you stopped by and that you got something out of the article. The You Tube video is adorable and I am always taken by the patience some of the little ones demonstrate.

      Hi, Liz. If only I could, I would certainly go with you to your meeting. Remember to communicate your daughter's needs and to ask how the school can supply them. There are many programs out there, but the parent has to initate the request in order for them to seek service. Hang in there!

      Fossil, yes our IQ's change as we continue to grow and that is a good thing for many of us. Boys lag behind until they reach middle to upper elementary, as you say, it is just the normal brain growth process. Great insight!

      Hyphen, congrats on your perfect score! I think the math problems are the hardest as you have to figure out the sequence (or code) first before you can continue. Excellent! I can understand your desire to prevent testing of your son, putting labels on children doesn' t help them to gain confidence.

      Lyric, it is good to see you here and always a pleasure any day or time! Good job with your son, yes -- you can never start too early teaching them to read.

      Nell, I appreciate your contribution to the topic. You are proof that IQ tests are useful, but there are other factors that add to the success of a child's learning process. Your visit was so welcome.

      Love, I am not a great test taker and can score differently each time I take one. Glad to hear of someone who can score consistently on these difficult exams. Way to go! Thanks for stopping by and you enjoy your week, dear friend.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      GREAT article!

      I'm critical of IQ tests in many ways. Although I always scored pretty high on them (143 in 8th grade), I struggled to relate well to other people. This meant not doing so well in the workforce! I concluded that I would rather have been gifted with emotional intelligence, but alas, I keep struggling to overcome *that* deficiency.

      I hope nobody limits themselves because of IQ tests. They really aren't that accurate when it comes to predicting life success!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Fantastic hub ^_^ very interesting!! I don't yet have school aged kids but already I can see they have distinct strengths and weaknesses. I really wish there could be an all-around IQ test that could score is all the different areas to determine their overall intelligence and where the majority of that lies. Great hub, voting a bunch!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub on IQ test and what it actually means, as you say encouragement and getting involved with the child at every level definitely helps to increase the IQ of child. Great hub, voted up.

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      You are really the best teacher hubber here :) I'm bookmarking this. Excellent! IQ test sharpens our IQ. I still use the IQ app I downloaded in my ipad. I know kids will love it too. :) Voting up!

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      My daughter had an anxiety disorder that kept her from excelling in school and her IQ was normal-low. I know it wasn't because she couldn't do the work, her illness just had her so distracted. I am also a firm believer in the EQ - Emotional Quo. I work in Technology and there are a lot of folks there who could use some instructional on how to deal with people. It takes all kinds. A totally well-researched and interesting hub and I love the little test widget.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jelly, I agree that the tests have their purpose, but it all comes down to how we view life and use our talents to make it successful. Thanks for your input here today.

      Mama Kim, great insight on the all around test for children. It would be most beneficial for everyone. Some day . . . :)

      Vellur, being involved in your child's growing process is the best thing you can do to boost interesting in learning. This greatly improves how they think creatively and in regards to intelligence. Thanks for the comment and support. Blessings.

      Twentyfive, thanks for your sweet comment. IQ tests are one tool to measure intelligence, but as time goes on we learn to use our brain in different ways to increase our knowledge. Love the apps out there today that helps us exercise the brain.

      Carla, what your child expererienced often happens and is not taken into consideration on the scores. I do not perform well on tests, yet if you ask me later -- orally, I can get the high score needed! Perhaps having a different form of testing for her would help greatly. Yes, it takes all kinds doesn't it? Thank you for your support and enjoy your week, dear one.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      you are so brilliant with this topic dianna.. i love taking iq tests!

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      Steel Engineer 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine

      As some others have stated, IQ is not the greatest predictor of income success (there's an article on HP with that title). Instead, it is the "emotional quotient" which has the highest correlation with success, as measured by income and position (if you count those as success).

      The ability to remain calm when another person is behaving irrationally is a stronger indicator of success. The flip side is an ability to cope with conflict, which breaks relationships, including jobs and careers.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a fascinating hub!! I knew the basics about IQ testing but this has really given me so much more information and knowledge. I also do know some parents who are very, very serious about their children's IQ tests and get quite stressed about it - surely that stress must pass onto the poor kids?

      Excellent hub + voted up and shared!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      teaches12345,

      This is a very interesting hub. I have always envied people with IQs higher than me, especially when I was in college. These people with above average IQ never had to study very much, and it seemed they never really worked up a sweat in getting an "A" in a course. Some of these people were also very lazy in doing course work, because they knew they could always get by with their smarts. I'm convinced that anyone who wants to get a Master's or Doctorate Degree should have an above average IQ or struggle. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Unknown, you have a rare gift of confidence in taking tests, keep that wonderful outlook! Thanks for your visit, sweet lady.

      Steel Engineer, I think the marshmallow test is a better indicator of intelligence and emotion don't you think? How we react in a situation such as this can help define how someone actually thinks. Great add to the topic and let's hope the powers that be catch on to this soon.

      Seeker, you have observed how many parents react to the IQ score and its one that leads to stress and frustration for both parent and child. I only wish the administrators would prepare families well before giving these IQ tests. It would make the learning much more applicable and enjoyable for the child.

      Paul, my husband was the one who could walk into the testing area and score 100% without studying, while I had to study for days to get a passing grade. I can relate to your struggles! Also, I do agree that people with higher IQ scores are successful, but would also add it is not the main indicator or basis for intelligence. Your visit and comment add much to the conversation. Thank you. I hope your day is going well. Blessings!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Dianna,

      You are the guru of such beautiful and thought provoking hubs especially on children and their development. Loved reading about this as well.

      I agree IQ is important and I feel that Emotionally also these kids need to be fit. They tend to lose their confidence if not doing well. A pep up talk is very important...phew! bringing up chidlren these days is tough!

      voted up as useful/interesting/awesome!

      sharing it across

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An excellent hub Dianna, you have put a lot of work into this as usual and it is appreciated.

      Interacting with our children while they are very young is extremely important, it sets a good foundation for learning in all areas of life.

      Having a high IQ is great for a child's confidence but I know from experience that it also knocks the confidence of a sibling with a 'normal' IQ. It can be pretty tough on them, even though you praise them just as much if not more they still feel that they are struggling even though they're really not. Bringing up children is the hardest job ever.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ruchira, thank you for the supportive comment and your thoughts about the topic. Confidence leads to successful learning and pleasant social experience, all of which can be encouraged through positive parenting. I hope your day is going well.

      Rosemay, I can't agree with you more on the sibling rivalry over IQ test score results. I remember this from my older sister's remarks on her high scores. The competition to get higher scores can be frustrating within the family environment. The IQ test is a good tool, but there are other tools that also add to the total child's successful learning experience. Your insightful remarks are much appreciated. You enjoy your day and be safe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I have mixed feeling about the IQ tests. I definitely think that some people put way to much emphasis on high IQs. Everyone learns differently and everyone tests differently and I think one has to look at each person's abilities.

      That being said, this is a terrific hub with loads of insight and background. Interesting, up and pinned.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      I think IQ tests sometimes do put undue pressure on parents and children, but there is no doubt that they do help with curriculum planning and individual education plans. I don't think I have ever had one, and I know my daughter has not. I guess we tend to just happily muddle along! Useful hub, and thanks for sharing it

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glimmer, IQ's are a snapshot of a person's ability and are useful for adjusting learning within the classroom for children. However, as you state, there is so much more to a child's character and emotional being that adds to individual ability. Thanks for the insightful comment. Hope you are enjoying a blessed day.

      Vicki, they do help with planning lessons if they are interpreted for best results. I think the IQ test is being replaced with other measurement tools applicable to today's learning environment. Thank you for adding value to the topic discussion. Enjoy your day well and be safe.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Teaches, this hub reveals just what a great Teacher you are. I never wanted to know what my I.Q. is .. I was afraid if it was low I might limit myself or if it were too high I might think too much of myself. Never had it done .. never will.

      One of my granddaughters recently had one done by a psychologist as they were trying to determine if she had ADD. The results showed a very high I.Q. with anxiety .. No ADD. The test helped to deal with what was causing the anxiety (ridged teacher) and the family worked to build her up.

      I guess testing is helpful huh? ((smile)) This hub is very well organized and includes some great and useful facts. Voted Up and Awesome!

      Blessings Friend,

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Mekenzie! Thanks for the positive support and encouragement. I have forgotten what my IQ score was, must not have been too impressive! The test does prove helpful in some situations, glad it helped your family to know how to help her reach success in learning. Hope your weekend is wonderful. Blessings!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, Dianna, too true. I really believe that the conditions under which these tests were taken or which the child was prepared for affect the score greatly. No matter how intelligent we are, circumstances do affect such scoring! Passing this on!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Midget! You are so right, depending upon the conditions, test scores can vary. The IQ is one tool that can be used to adjust curriculum; hopefully, teachers and administrators use other measurements to gauge the whole individual ability. Thanks for your insightful view and comment. You be careful out there. Blessings.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Teaches, this is a very interesting and well-explained hub about IQ test scores. Down here it is a state secret. Not even parents know the exact results of IQ tests taken of their children at schools. Of course, when you are a teacher, or admin at the school, you have access to the score of your own child. All that parents and children will ever hear, is a phrase in the line of what I've heard when I was a rebellious teenager (with a profound reason): "You have the IQ to become the head girl of this school. So what the hell is wrong with you?"

      Voted up, informative and very well-presented. Thank you!

      BTW, for the past decade or more it is down here against the rules to sort learners in classes according to their IQ-results. This is called intellectual discrimination. Sadly, being a teacher in a class not sorted according to IQ, is a nightmare. Gifted children find it difficult to excel according to their IQ, while the 'idiots' demand all the teacher's attention and STAY idiots for the rest of their lives due to not receiving the specialized attention they need. Such a horrible scenario!

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Great Hub! I've read that Einstein was a below average student who had dropped out of school, and later on failed the entrance Exam into the institute of Technology in Zurich. He never took an IQ test but it's said that he and other renowned geniuses would've scored well below average had they taken the test as a child. I find that interesting, as was your article. Great job and thank you... It was very informative!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Well done Dianna. I can see why you receive so many comments on this one. My fave part is when you say to instill the love of reading in the child. Excellent!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Martie! Sounds like your school system needs some restructuring so that children have educational learnings needs met in regards to stimulation and growth. Here in the US we do have classes where "inclusion" is highly recommended. It works well, but the teacher has to know how to design the curriculum to meet individual and group needs. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adding to the content discussion. Have a great week, dear friend.

      Web, so very true: Einstein dropped out of school and never believed in the testing methods of traditional schools. I like his quote at the top of the post which reflects his beliefs. I tend to agree with him: all children have their uniqueness and contribute to society. Thanks for the visit and your valued opinion.

      Christy, you and I both know the value of teaching a child to love reading. It is the open door to success. Good to see you and you enjoy your day.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's one of those numbers that can affect a kid far more than it should. I remember taking one of these in elementary school. I think it showed me at genius level. I took it again as a young adult and was just above average. Maybe all that education and college lowered my IQ ;) Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great advice on how to react to the IQ score and what it really means. I can say from personal experience another thing it does not reflect is motivation. Both my children scored well enough to get into the gifted program but now my older one does not seem as motivated and it's a challenge to get him to work hard enough to achieve good grades. They will takes so many tests throughout school that I guess it's important not to let any one test define them. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Alocsin, I am chuckling at your comment. Funny, how our IQ may change over the years -- based upon the test scores. In reality, it is all in the timing, environment, our personal views, and other variables that could affect a score. Great add to this topic. Enjoy your day.

      Healthylife, you are so right on the motivation factor. Gifted children especially need challenges to remain engaged in the learning experience and many classrooms fail to provide this extra stimulation. Also, as children approach adolescence motivation may lack due to emotional and physcial changes in their life. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. Take care and have a wonderful evening.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Your topic is really very interesting. I remember when I took my IQ test and I was so excited to know the results.

      Thanks for sharing all the helpful tips.

      Have a good day!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      This is fascinating article on child care. I'm interested on mental development of a child. This hub is an educative read.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      "The same number of times I've seen a duck holding an umbrella."

      HA! I love that.

      Thank you for this excellent and educative Hub. I enjoyed it.

      James :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vinaya, thank you for your reflection of the article. Glad that it has helped you understand child development in regards to intelligence. Have a great weekend.

      James, I love that joke and laugh each time I read it. As a former teacher of young children, I was always amused at how they viewed challenges and at times it was not the main objective, but so hilarious to see how it could be interpreted through a child's mind. Thanks for your visit here today. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      This is a very interesting hub. I found it very illuminating to read that results can vary over the years, and you make the point about stress affecting results very well.

      As far as I am aware, these tests are no longer done in Scotland - apart possibly for entrance to private schools. Children in most schools here are divided up depending on their ability in individual subjects, rather than IQ as a whole.

      I found WEb923's comment about Einstein interesting, especially since Einstein was a premature baby! As the mother of a daughter born almost 14 weeks early, I feel dismayed every time I read that preemies have learning difficulties or lower IQs. I realise you have quoted that belief in good faith, so I hope this doesn't seem like a criticism of you (it's not meant to be) but it will probably surprise you to know that the vast majority of premature babies are never followed up beyond age 5, particularly if they are doing well. My daughter was discharged from every check aged 2, and her school didn't even know she was born prematurely until I told them. If she had been tested for IQ at age 5, she may well have appeared a little low, but as she progressed through school she has performed better and better at all subjects. A major study by Kings College in London (that began in 1979 and is still on-going) has followed up children to teenage years and beyond and their findings are that there is very little difference between premature babies and their peers.

      Thanks for a thought provoking hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mel, the information on premature babies needs to be updated in many research findings. I believe the information posted was from educators in the field who have studied the IQ during early develomental years. IQ's do changes and today are not as highly regarded for assessing a child's learning and intellectual potential. I am not an avid fan of testing forms in general, they do have their use, but I prefer a total assessment on a child as they grow. Thanks for your feedback and added value to this post. Take care.

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      David 4 years ago from Northern California

      Our son is very smart but we have never had his IQ tested, I guess we just know that he is smart without the results from a test to tell us.

      I'm not against testing but I guess sometimes you just don't need to put all of your faith into what a test says, sometimes you already know the results without the tests.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Adjkp, so glad you have this outlook on your son's ability to learn. The IQ has its uses, but parents who care, like you, know what matters most in life. I just love Einstein's quote at the beginning -- every child is intelligent and unique! Thanks for commenting here and you enjoy your week.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I think that IQ scores are important because they determine the amount of knowledge that you have obtained and may even help you get into top colleges. thanks for this hub. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      IQ scores have their purpose, parents should note the scores but understand there is much more to a child's intelligence and character than high scores in testing. Thanks for taking part in this chat. Be well and safe.

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      Robin Grosswirth 3 years ago from New York

      I remember as a child taking IQ exams and becoming so frightened that I randomly answered questions without a thought or even reading what was in front of me. I always hated tests. However, when I was much older and had to take state exams in order to teach, I found a process to prepare myself and quell my nerves.

      Tests are but one piece of data and they are not representative of the total ability of any child (ability in that day or in the years to come). Paper and pencil assessments are confined to a specific skill (linear). And like me, if a child is overwhelmed, they may not be taking it authentically and so the data gathered isn't truly usable or accurate.

      Moreover, the brain has the ability to grow throughout life and because of that, a child should always be given the opportunity to grow along with that expanding capacity.

      To me, project based assessments that are experiential grow a child's brain, inspire creativity, help them to make important connections, guide them to problem solve and lead them into the microcosm and to becoming individuals who contribute to our world.

      Diane, as always, great hub, comprehensive, most informative, intellectually exciting and generative. I will share on Facebook and Twitter.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Robin,

      You and I had the same thoughts on test taking. I still dread them. I agree with you that it is not the best representative of the child's total learning ability or intelligence. It is unfortunate administrators use it as a standard tool for advancement. Thank you for your added value to this post. Enjoy your week.

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      I don't remember taking an IQ test, and I didn't take the SAT's, either. However, I was reading at a 6th grade level in 3rd grade, so that was nice to know. Math has always been my weakest subject, and I gave up on it too early - something I regret now. Great hub, and I love the marshmallow vid!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello, Juggler! I mirror your comment, I was a great reader (still love it) but not so well as a math student. The video set everything in perspective doesn't it? Have a great week, dear friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I had a low birth weight due to my mother's smoking during pregnancy, but it had no factor is my developmental abilities, odd as it seems. I was fed well and we lived in the country, which likely had more to do with it than average. Supposedly, my first test was the highest score in the history of the school, but my mother either was not given the information or would not tell me. Subsequent tests were always good, and increased. However, I never had a test as an adult. I am curious, though, what the result would be.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      A well written and well explained and useful Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Avion, you can take tests such as this online if you want to see how you score. Howver, tests are only one inicator of a person's abilities and intelligence. It sounds like you are doing fine.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I appreciate your words, Jainismus. Be well and strong.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Such an interesting article on IQ. This is so well presented. I remember taking an IQ test when I was six years old and I have never taken one again. I have read that IQ scores can give or take 25 points during a person's lifetime. EQ or emotional quotient is sometimes considered more important for success in life I have read also. I was amazed to see from your chart that I had several students I taught in the extraordinary genius section. What amazes me is I was able to hold their attention and engage them in learning. Who knew? Thanks for an enlightening and interesting hub!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hey Nell: I told you a week or so ago you were a gifted and talented person. I could tell from teaching those types of students that you fit right in that category. I do know how to call them! Congratulations!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Suzette, congrats on being a stellar teacher! IQ scores are meaningful in some areas, but do not make a difference in other learning situations. I am glad I do not have to take these ever again! I am not a good test-taker.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      I am not sure I ever actually took an IQ test in school. I just went through and did my thing, haha. However, I think it's critically important to use this as part of a multitude of tools to help discern where a child should be placed academically - so many factors, as you said, govern how well a child might do on a particular day. Furthermore, there's mounting evidence that IQ tests - as well as any standardized test - are culturally biased, so someone in a different socioeconomic group than, say, the makers of the test might not score as well. All interesting food for thought for sure. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hi CClitgirl! I do remember taking one and it was not a high score return. I still do not do well on tests! IQ's should never be used to gauge a child's intelligence without considering the external and internal influences on any given day. I agree that they have bias structure. It does slant the results. Thank you for adding quality information to this topic. Take care.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I like how you included materials on boosting a child's ability to learn. Great article and I'm pinning it.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello, Ologsinquito. Each child learns in her or his unique way and it is a great teacher who reaches out to understand this. I hope you are having a good day.

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      gogogo 3 years ago

      I made an 100 and I am 10 years old in 5

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Gogogo, glad you scored so well. That is excellent!

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      Kathleen Cochran 24 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I'm forwarding this hub to my daughter. She has a son who is soon to be a fourth grader. Last year several teachers met with her to encourage her to send her son to the gifted magnet school. They told her she shouldn't hold him back because he might never recover from this missed opportunity. Having been a gifted student throughout her school years, she took this situation seriously. He tested just below the cutoff score and she was actually relieved. She shares custody with her ex-husband who had just had a new baby with his live-in girlfriend. My daughter felt such a huge change for her son at this time would be one change too many. But she was worried by what the teachers said to her. Fortunately, the decision was taken out of her hands.

      I remember reading a book when I was having my three children called "Raising Brighter Kids". It's main idea was that you could raise your child's IQ most effectively by not being critical of them. Now my generation is being blamed for producing a generation of young adults who think they can do no wrong. They tend not to take constructive criticism from their college professors or even at work. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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