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    isabelle hayes, wilderness voice

    tests that were really nothing more than IQ tests. In the late 1950's and early 1960's IBM introduced the System 360 line of computers to American businesses. It was very successful, but there was a problem. Nobody knew how to program these computers other than some IBM'ers. Lots of employers started giving programmer's aptitude tests, which were nothing more than IQ tests. IBM itself had such a test. I took one myself and got a high score which led to a programming job at a large company. The company sent me to IBM school and this led to a thirty-year career in computing.

    In a few years I started my own business and needed to hire programmers. I relied on the aptitude tests and hired some people with high scores, but not everybody succeeded. The reason was obvious, not everyone has good work habits, not every one is interested in designing and running thorough tests, not everyone got along with everyone else, and not everyone has good ideas... So I abandoned the aptitude test as a guide for hiring and went to a more traditional team interview approach. This worked much better.

    Before I went into computers I was a teacher, and for a while I offered a night class that was designed to raise SAT scores. I gave IQ tests, taught speed reading, and made my students drill, drill, drill. Their scores improved significantly over the course. In effect, just by drilling them in IQ-like questions, I raised their IQ's.

    While I was a student in college one of my professors asked if he could test my IQ. I said, yes, but asked if would also test my sister. He did and we both scored very high on the test. He was impressed and he asked us all sorts of questions trying to see if there was an explanation. But the answer was obvious to me and my sister. We both participated in number sense and slide rule contests in high school which required that we solve problems similar to many IQ-test questions. In addition the competitions were timed so our practice sessions gave my sister and me the ability to work swiftly. Practice raised our IQ scores. There is no doubt about it. Without the practice our scores would have been much lower.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Wed May 08, 2013 at 01:06:04 PM PDT

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