I don’t know about you, but I find most intelligence tests to be annoying. They’re competitive, difficult, and frustrating. I don’t like all the score comparing that goes on when someone takes the SAT, GRE, LSAT, or an IQ test. I’ve taken all of these, and since my score wasn’t “perfect,” I fretted over what I got compared to other people. Ugh! It’s not a good feeling.
So I felt pretty bad about intelligence tests in general until I stumbled upon the theory of multiple intelligence. It’s a theory developed by Howard Gardner suggesting that there are different ways of being learning, performing, remembering, and understanding. It doesn’t mean you’re not smart just because you don’t excel in a certain way or on a certain test. I don’t know how accurate it is scientifically, but I like that idea that we are all intelligent in unique ways.
I was so inspired by this theory that I had to write a quiz about it. (Of course!) Don’t worry if you’ve hated intelligence tests in the past… I have a feeling that you’re really going to like this one. Here it is: What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have? The paradigms of general intelligence I included in What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have? are: spatial, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. I have recently learned of another paradigm, naturalistic, that represents how well you understand nature and your surroundings. I can imagine adding that one to my quiz on day.
Please take What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?, and let me know what you get. Is is true fore you? I’m also curious to hear about your own theories of intelligence. Do you think that people are smart in different ways? How do you feel about tests like the SAT and GRE?