Getting a legitimate proffesional IQ test
In another article, Quality of IQ Tests, we talked about the general quality of free IQ tests, and also that of professional online IQ tests; to reiterate, the prospects of both are nothing short of dismal. But what about professional physical IQ tests?
The good news is that there are indeed ways in which you can get a legitimate professional physical IQ test administered, be it for yourself of for your company or institution, perhaps with regards to hiring or admission processes.
The bad news, however, is that there’s no telling whether said IQ test is indeed legitimate—unless you know what to look out for. This article has thus been curated for this very purpose, to empower your informed decisions via providing you with a list of things to look out for that can help determine the legitimacy of the IQ testing you seek to procure.
Remember, a legitimate IQ test must be standardized. Your IQ score must be the result of a calculation against an accurately representative group that is large enough in its numbers.
Thus, red flags in this regard include a lack of thorough description of said representative group that is made readily available for all relevant parties to access. The description should include not only the size of the representative group you are being scored against, but the nuanced characteristics of those that makeup the group as well.
Repeatability of Results
Legitimate IQ tests should also be reliable enough that there is no significant variance in score if you repeat the test with similar answers.
Of course, the time taken may be slightly different, and there may be a few small differences in your response where recollection proves difficult. Some may even go so far as to argue that a repeat might make a difference in the number of people used as the representative group to compare scores against, and that would in turn affect IQ scores.
But the truth is, none of such things would make the slightest of differences in a legitimate IQ test. Coincidences such as those mentioned above should never be influential factors in the calculation of your IQ score. Any IQ test that proves otherwise is likely illegitimate.
Length of test
Legitimate IQ tests should have, at the very least, 30 questions. Some of them have 25, but those are often for children. As a general rule of thumb: Adult IQ tests should take about an hour to two to fully complete; Adolescent and Children IQ tests should take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours.
Source of Test
Always lookout for the name, credentials, and organization of which the test author should have clearly mentioned. This will allow you to a background check on the test creator, and determine if he or she is truly in a position to create a legitimate, accurate IQ test. You should never purchase an IQ test or testing package if the test author is not even mentioned.
Relation to Major Theories
Legitimate IQ tests will always relate back to a major theory of intelligence. Though many are likely to be looking to purchase such testing for business purposes, never trust an IQ test or testing package if it cites solely business and corporate sources to credit the design of the IQ test in question.
IQ tests are largely scientific tools, and legitimate ones must come be backed by genuine published academic literature. Make sure to check up on whether the theories cited remain relevant in contemporary times, or if they’re out of date and has since been recognized as peripheral rather than fully legitimate.
Presence of Professionals
As stated before in other articles, a professional must always supervise the administration of the test. The process of testing is just as important as the test itself and the calculation of IQ scores thereafter.
Environments have to be controlled such that not only the test participants (that they are hired to administer said tests to) undergo the process in similar environments to each other, but that said environment must also be as congruent as possible to that which was present when the representative group first took the IQ test.
And these are the six things to look out for if you ever decide to set up or undergo a professional IQ test. It’s also best that you familiarize yourself with the theories behind most legitimate IQ tests beforehand, in which our article, Theories on Intelligence, may prove useful in its highlighting of the four more renowned theories. Alternatively, you can also click here for a full list of related topics.