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Intelligence and Intelligence Testing

Colin Cowie

In this bulletin an attempt has been made to explain what is meant by the term intelligence, and to answer some of the queries concerning intelligence tests which teachers and principals often raise. More specifically, the purpose of the bulletin is to provide answers to the following questions:

What is intelligence? What is an IQ? What kinds of intelligence tests are available in New Zealand? Are intelligence tests valid? Are they fair to minority groups? Why test at all? What use is made of the results? Why do results from different intelligence tests sometimes disagree? Should the same result always be obtained with the same test? Are intelligence tests susceptible to coaching? When should a non-verbal test be used?

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