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I had on a forum a discussion with someone else. I suggested that all IQ tests do is test how good you are at IQ tests(and that, to some extent, they test your education as well). This is because, depending on my past state of health/sobriety/age etc., I managed to score anywhere from 113 to 170 IQ points on the myriad IQ tests I used to score in the last 37 years. She suggested, however, that "Two-Story Structure IQ Tests" are, indeed, fully representative and accurate re human intelligence.I have googled this term and found nothing. Can you tell me what this actually means, and whether it is indeed a truly accurate way to measure intelligence. Thanks!

Geoffrey - I am not an expert on IQ tests.  However, I can tell you that there are many different IQ tests and they measure many different things - some of which are influenced by education.  I have never heard of a two story structure IQ test. Perhaps this person was referring to a 2 factor test?  The Stanford Binet and WISC - the 2 most commonly used IQ tests measure two sets of abilities - verbal and non-verbal.  Each loosely correlates with left brain function (verbal) and right brain function (non-verbal).  There are many problem solving abilities that are not related to educational experiences, and these likely are the basis of biological intelligence.

I suggest that you do some research on intelligence testing.


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