Explain my IQ(s) to me


the WISC III is valid up until the teen years but it’s not useful for IQ’s over 140. You can go over 140 if the kid is 8 or younger but once you’re dealing with an older gifted kid, the ceiling effect comes into play pretty fast. I shouldn’t have said hitting ceilings purely because of age because that’s neither accurate nor what I meant. Obviously a 11 yo kid with an IQ of 120 has probably not hit ceilings on the WISC III.

Blech. Am I getting any clearer or just digging myself a deeper hole?


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Of course, I’m obviously not dying anytime soon since it wasn’t a significant increase, decrease of my IQ. :smiley: IQs are a ya-ya measure of potential, though - its what you KNOW, not what you COULD know… YMMV

That would explain a lot. The main purpose of the test was to see if the head injuries I substained had effected my memory (as I felt they had). Someone, either the tester or the neurologist I forget which, mentioned that my memory scores were more inline with someone with an IQ of 100. If the tester gave me my score based on the part that didn’t include the memory test, and then my neurologist gave me the full scale one, then the two scores make a little more sense to me.

I did extremely poor on the memory test and the tester got very irritated with me. I think he thought I was deliberately trying to fake a bad memory (I wasn’t). He ended up giving me a hint: I was trying to memorize a string of words; he said to think of them in categories instead. Without that hint, I probably would have scored lower in that portion of the test.

It confuses me as well and it was what led me to theorize that the 111 score was an “adjusted” score.

I have also heard the average IQ of college graduates given as 115 - with graduates in law, medicine at around 120 - 125. The last may have more to do with getting in than getting out - especially with medical school.

Quite by accident, I just happened to run across this relevant info in an article about breast feeding’s effect upon children’s I.Q., by Iain Murray: