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May 14th, 2017
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Those percentiles

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From:gilraen2
Date:May 19th, 2017 03:26 am (UTC)

Old Scores

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My high school SAT and the Stanford Binet IQ scores from when I was nine sifted to the top of the heap a few weeks ago. I remember being deeply disappointed in my SAT scores because I expected to be at 99th percentile and was only at 94th. What I didn't understand then (and do now with a Masters in Education behind me) is that the scores are normed against a 17-18 year old population and I was barely 15 when I took the test. My IQ scores just make me feel like I wasted my life.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 27th, 2017 03:24 am (UTC)

Re: Old Scores

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Indeed. And there are other issues with the norms inherent in those tests.


I know what you mean about IQ tests. I never had an IQ test independently administered to me, but I took those tests in Reader's Digest and had no reason to believe they were wildly inaccurate.

And now, well, I'm younger than you but I've been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that I understand has a fair chance of dramatically shortening my lifespan, so the question of whether or not I've "wasted" my life, and what that means, has become rather more prominent in my thinking lately.
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