How important is IQ in VCE?

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Many students and parents asked us if one’s IQ score is really important for achieving a high ATAR score. In our opinion are high a queue can definitely help in allowing a students to learn concepts quickly and making learning more enjoyable. However IQ is not a vital precursor to academic success. The IQ or intelligent quotient is a score that helps to give individuals an idea of how quickly and effectively their logical and analytical skills work.
People that score at higher IQ can rotate things in the minds at an accelerated rate, can do a lot of mental arithmetic – without too many mistakes and overall their thinking process works a lot faster.Picture obtained from Wikipedia.com

Types of intelligence

IQ is only testing one form of intelligence. There are many different types of intelligence that have been found in humans, some of them are also very important. One type of intelligence is known as emotional intelligence.  Within this type of intelligence, individuals are tested for their ability to cope with emotionally charged issues. The nation will intelligence is the ability to identify and control the emotions of yourself as well is perceiving the emotions of other people or groups. This type of intelligence is no now is EI. Emotional intelligence has bound to be an incredibly important part of intelligence in everyday life – the ability to relate to other people, control you emotions and detecting how other people feel in certain situations is becoming more and more important.

Many famous CEOs, grew up with an average or even the low average IQ. Some CEOs were even dyslexic in the early years – however despite this they exhibit great leadership skills and above average emotional intelligence. They know how to deal with people of all types. The understand how do defuse arguments and conflict and they also have a deep understanding of how to motivate human beings. What this indicates is that, IQ is not necessarily a precursor of how well you will succeed in your life. I

Daniel Goleman who wrote the book Emotional Intelligence, points out that some people with a very high IQ cannot deal with everyday problems. Although they have brilliant abilities to think logically and analytically, are emotional life is usually underdeveloped. What is interesting to note is that individuals with a high IQ do not necessarily end up in great jobs. In fact many of these people are too scared to proceed outside their comfort zone and take risks in their careers. Due to this they are not able to obtain promotions or start their own businesses – since such positions require more emotional intelligence rather than simply high IQ.

Apart from emotional intelligence and intelligent quotient, there are nine different types of intelligence detected in humans. These include;

(1) Naturalist intelligence;

This type of intelligence includes being nature smart, and understanding the environment around oneself. For example: the American Indians displayed a deep sense of naturalistic intelligence, their understanding of animals and plants as well as the weather displayed this unique type of intelligence.

(2) Musical Intelligence;

This is the capacity to discern pitch, tone and rhythm. In this type of intelligence people understand how to creatively reproduce music. They understand the connection between music and emotions and are able to create and compose songs.

(3) Logical mathematical intelligence

This is the ability to calculate, quantify and React complete mathematical operations. It is the ability for a person to find relationships and connections by the use of abstract, symbolic thought. Individuals that have a high logical mathematical intelligence are usually interested in patterns, categories and relationships. They use inductive and deductive thinking – and they are drawn to arithmetic problems as well a strategy games.

(4) Existential Intelligence

People with a high existential intelligence are able to deeply question human existence. They are fascinated by the meaning of life – and always questioning their existence. Such people are always curious about why we die, how we got here and tackle various philosophical problems. Individuals with a high existential intelligence are drawn to philosophical as well as spiritual texts – they are fascinated by existence and want to find answers.

(5) Interpersonal intelligence

This can fall in the same category as emotional intelligence. Basically interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with other people. It involves verbal and non-verbal communication – leaders exhibit high amounts of interpersonal intelligence. Such people are excellent communicators and seem to open to understand others’. Excellent teachers, politicians and inspiring individuals all show characteristics of high interpersonal intelligence, since they are able to relate to other people.

(6) linguistic intelligence

These are the individuals are able to use words to express themselves as well as learn new languages effectively. Such individuals do not need a long time to learn new languages and they are fascinated by words within novels, newspapers as well poem. These individuals enjoy writing to express themselves, people with high linguistic intelligence usually become writers, journalists or public speakers.

(7) Bodily kinetic intelligence

In this type of intelligence the individual is capable of using their physical skills. They have a deep understanding of timing as well as their mind body union. Actors, dancers as well tradespeople develop demonstrate high levels of body kinaesthetic intelligence.
(8) spatial intelligence

Spatial intelligence is the ability to think in three-dimensional. Individuals with this type of intelligence demonstrate the ability to mentally imagine three-dimensional objects and to have well-developed graphic and artistic skills. People with this type of intelligence usually halves an active imagination and they can spend their free time drawing.

(9) Intrapersonal intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence is how one understands their own self. It falls into the category of emotional intelligence, since individuals with high interpersonal intelligence are able to motivate themselves and are very aware of their own feelings. They become masters of their own self, and understand how to deal with failure as well as how to process their own feelings and thoughts in an efficient way.

Is IQ really that important?

During the VCE, it helps to have a reasonable IQ – however do not despair if your IQ is below average. In VCE is really not about ranking students based on their IQ, because even students with exceptional intellectual capacity don’t necessarily obtain a high ATAR.

In fact we have known students that are exceptionally bright and due to laziness, demotivation or excessive procrastination they end up sabotaging themselves – and ultimately do not obtain a very high ATAR score.

On the other hand students that work hard, are able to self-motivate themselves, are enthusiastic about learning and have the determination to succeed achieve excellent results. In the end success in the VCE, is not about how well you scoring in an IQ test – success is really determined by the way you conduct yourself throughout the VCE year. If you are willing and determined to achieve a high ATAR score and develop discipline and great attitude towards your studies, even with an average IQ score – you can achieve a higher ATAR score than students that are exceptionally bright.

Is a low IQ a limitation to future success?

As can be seen from the type of intelligence list, there are many different ways in which human beings express their intelligence. A low IQ is not a precursor to how much in succeed in your life. As was mentioned before, there are many successful people that were dyslexic in their early years. IQ really does not matter too much, rather it is probably more important to develop intrapersonal skills as well as emotional intelligence. That way you are able to conduct yourself appropriately with other people and develop characteristics to make you a sound leader.


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