The Cambridge Self-Scoring I.Q. Test (pdf) by Test Master
You and Your I.Q.!
In recent years researchers have learned that the brain, which is divided into left and right hemispheres, has assigned different mental tasks to one side or the other. Highly intelligent people use both their left and rtght brain In equal balance Most people, because of social emphasis, schooling and parental training, are left-brain dominant! They are taught from an early age to develop such skills as: speech, language, writing, use of numbers and logic, letting the skills of the right brain, which controls visual spatial concepts, creativity, mechanics and ESP and Intuition, become lazy and underproductive. That explains why we do well on certain mental tasks and poorly on others.
Some children find it difficult keeping up In school because they may be right-brain dominant and have a tough time adjusting to left-brain skills. Since schools emphasize left-brain skill testing, these children are considered “slow learners” and yet they may be no less intelligent.
The left brain can be characterized as being a “spotlight” thinker in that it sees the parts before it sees the whole. It classifies and deciphers information piece by piece and then decides on a whole logical conclusion.
The right brain can be characterized as being a “floodlight” thinker in that it sees the whole before the parts. Although creativity, “the birth of an original idea,” begins in the right brain, it is the left brain that systematically analyzes the idea and develops It.
What Is Intelligence?
There are many in-depth definitions, but to put it simply: intelligence is the ability of the brain to absorb Information and to analyze It accurately and rapidly. Most psychologists today agree that although most of our intellectual skills are geneticaly inherited, they are Influenced by and can be Improved through social and environmental learning. The more one develops the skill functions of both the left- and right-brain hemispheres, the more intelligent Is that person.
Intelligence tests are used to measure the brain’s skills, but in order to be fair and accurate as a measuring tool, intelligence tests cannot evaluate only left-brain skills. Since I.Q. tests are designed to measure how fast you see and react to information and not how much you know. IQ test questions should not contain knowledge questions or be culturally or geographically biased.
What Does I.Q. Mean?
Just as one’s car cannot exceed speeds greater than its engine’s horsepower allows, the human brain cannot respond to information greater than its own abfflty or capacity. Having an average I.Q. or inabilities and weaknesses in certain mental functions does not mean that one will enjoy a useless and unfruitful life or be unsuccessful in occupational or business pursuits. One doesn’t have to push the accelerator of the car to the floor and reach high speeds to enjoy a satisfying ride in the country.
Having command of language, or being able to add numbers quickly, or being orderly logical does not alone make one intelligent. Being creative, mechanically inclined or artistic doesn’t, either. Since the human brain is a complex piece of equipment, it controls a multitude of skills and functions. The more proficient one is at using the diversified skills of the brain, the more intelligent one is!
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