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Defining intelligence

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Defining intelligence

“Intelligence is not an IQ test measurement but rather a person’s ability to set goals in life and determine how to achieve them. A scientist has different methods for achieving a goal than a poet. Intelligent people recognize and capitalize on their strengths and compensate for weaknesses.” said Robert Sternberg, dean at Tufts University. He added that standardized tests focus on measuring analytical abilities only and supplemental methods are needed to assess creative, practical and wisdom-based abilities.

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