here are threads on some teachers’ newsgroups (misc.education & k12.chat.teacher) concerning: (1) the Scholastic Aptitude and the Scholastic Assessment tests and whether they are/were accurate IQ-type tests, and (2) why did Mensa drop the current SAT and ACT from its membership determination?
I stated that the SAT was altered, simplified after January 1994 (and the ACT before then), was in fact renamed, and it became useless for Mensa’ purposes. Other posters insist that the ACT and SAT tests were never “dumbed-down.” I am primarily interested in opinions of some Mensa usenet posters about these tests, why Mensa accepted the former versions of these tests, and why Mensa doesn’t any longer.
The SAT and the ACT are not IQ tests. They are achievement tests. There is a big difference. An Achievement test is supposed to test what you have learned, and an IQ test is supposed to test your potential. I’m a member (though inactive) of the local MENSA group, and they tell me that it was dropped because the tests were not IQ tests, and shouldn’t be used in that manner
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