Testing Intelligence



Intelligencetests refer to those psychological tests which are designed todetermine a number of mental functions in an individual, for examplecomprehension, reasoning, and judgement. The main objective oftesting intelligence is to have an idea of a person’s intellectualpotential. This testing always centers around a series of stimuli,which is designed to achieve a certain score based on the model ofwhat makes one intelligent through a test maker.

Toconsider the science of psychology establishing one of the mostdiscussed questions it had to provide answers for in regard tointelligence, has been debated intensely over the last century. Amongthe definitions provided has been the ability to adjust well in one’ssurrounding environment (Zenderland, 2008). Having taken anintelligence test before, there were questions used to gaugeintelligence accuracy.

Theintelligence test I took included some questions that I felt mostaccurately gauged intelligence. Some of the questions were whoinspires you and why? If you were to be asked about you, what wouldbe your top three values that define you? If certain dynamics aboutyour life change, how would you describe how you would adapt to thechanges and carry on with you want to achieve in life? What expertiseor talents do you feel like you would have liked to have? From theintelligence tests I took, there are some that I found to bebothersome in providing answers for. These were can you describeyourself briefly? How would you handle a task unprepared when askedto?

Fromthe tests, I learnt a lot about myself. First, I learnt that I wasadamant about accenting my level of intelligence was not a matter ofprocesses isolated the environment I was living. Secondly, I learntthat the intelligence tests not only offered different levels of IQ,but also fluctuated depending on my ability to answer themaccurately. I also learnt that my level of intelligence also dependedon other variables such as culture and ethnic affiliation.Additionally, I learnt that I was fast in processing the questions,choosing to answer some of them while refusing to provide others thatfound bothersome. The tests were a fair in assessing my intelligencesince it was open-ended.

Thereare factors that might confuse definition of the intelligence. Theseare the brain size of a person, cultural influences, and individual’sbackground. The intelligence tests are likely to be biased since thetests are conducted on individuals from different backgrounds,cultures, and of different brain sizes. There is a likelihood theresults would differ, which means the IQ scores would varysignificantly (Zenderland, 2008). Individuals from differentbackgrounds are likely to provide differing answers for the samequestions because of the influence they have. Brain size meansdifferent interpretation of test questions.

Othercareers that would benefit greatly from biological psychologyfoundational knowledge would be counselling. This is becausecounselling as a career would benefit from asking psychology testquestions, which is aimed at testing the patient’s level ofintelligence. Counsellors apply intelligence testing to the patientsin order to facilitate patient’s recognition of self, personality,and attributes (Valencia &amp Suzuki, 2001). Biological psychology’sfundamental knowledge is important during counselling since it givesthe counsellor a chance to know who the patient is and what are hisor her strengths and weaknesses.

Biologicalpsychology practical applications involve connections betweenindividual’s behavior and biological processes. Practicalapplications include an opportunity to carry out research, counselpatients, and teach. Most of the biological psychologists apply it ina number of specialized fields, for example neuropsychology(Fletcher, &amp Hattie, 2011). Biological psychology is used toconduct experiments on how the brain works, especially afterconducting intelligence testing.

Afterstudying biological psychology, I will apply it in conductingpsychotherapies and counselling as a profession. These will includeconducting assessments, clinical interviews, evaluation of reports,and performing mental examinations in patients. In my personal life,it will assist in gauging what things I live doing and the ones Ifind bothersome.

Inconclusion, intelligence tests are what determine a person’sability to identify and group certain patterns in a person’s mentalstrength and disorder. The paper therefore, addressed the questionsin relation to gauging intelligence, its assessment, and factors thatmight confuse its definition. Additionally, the paper also studiedcareers that would likely to benefit as a result of having knowledgein biological psychology.


Fletcher,R., &amp Hattie, J. (2011). Intelligenceand intelligence testing.Monterey, Calif: Brooks/Cole Pub. Co.

Valencia,R. R., &amp Suzuki, L. A. (2001). Intelligencetesting and minority students: Foundations, performance factors, andassessment issues.Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.

Zenderland,L. (2008). Measuringminds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the origins of American intelligencetesting.Cambridge, U.K: Cambridge University Press.