Are Aptitude Tests an Accurate Measure of Human Potential?

Aptitude and IQ tests are used to distinguish those young people who deserve a chance from those who do not. Do they work?

Aeon Magazine
Dec 4, 2018 · 18 min read
Pupils during a GCSE English exam at Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester, Essex. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images

By Elizabeth Svoboda

For the American psychologist Lewis Terman, who devised the Stanford-Binet IQ test, the birth of a gifted child was…

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