A Language Free and Culturally Fair Assessment Tool
“If the First Nation People drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it”. Dr Stanley Marion Garn – Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology at the College for Literature, Science and Arts and Professor of Nutrition, University of Michigan
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein
In their darkest moments, IQ tests became a powerful way to exclude and control marginalized communities using empirical and scientific language. At its conception, the IQ test (a type of standardized test) was designed to provide a relatively quick and simple way to identify and sort individuals based on intelligence – which was and still is highly valued by society.
The issue with standardized testing is what may be considered intelligent in one environment/culture, might not be in others. For example, knowledge about medicinal herbs is seen as a form of intelligence in certain Indigenous communities but does not correlate with high performance on traditional Western academic intelligence tests.
According to some researchers, the “cultural specificity” of intelligence makes IQ tests biased towards the environments in which they were developed – namely white, Western society. This makes them potentially problematic in culturally diverse settings. The application of the same test among different communities would fail to recognize the different cultural values that shape what each community values as intelligent behavior.
IQ certainly can be used to predict an individual’s likelihood of academic success. It can’t be used to satisfactorily predict their performance outside of academia, however.
Intelligence includes the capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, and problem-solving.
It is possible for an individual to possess all these qualities without any/and or limited language skills (think Steven Hawkings). It is also possible for individuals with excellent reading and writing skills to exhibit limited intelligence.
Intelligence also depends on several other external factors: environment, education, and exposure. Assessing diverse groups, therefore, on the same level may distort accuracy of the results.
To overcome these challenges, Prof. George Kearney, well-known psychologist and former chief psychologist of the Australian Defense Forces, developed “The Q Test”.
The Q Test is the only language and culture free capability assessment tool.
This tool is now available in its digital form as “MyPotentia”, developed by in conjunction with Real Serious Games and ValueEdge.
MyPotentia is the world’s most accessible and only comprehensive digital assessment tool for measuring a person’s potential, capability and trainability, without the requirement of language, literacy, numeracy or any formal education.
MyPotentia enables the candidates to complete a series of tasks in a gamification format.
Candidates are tested against speed, memory, foresight and spatial ability. Upon completion, an overall score is generated as well as separate scores for these areas to allow in-depth analysis of a candidate’s potential.
The tool reports in the form of T score from 1 through 5 (1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest). A sample report available at this link /URL
MyPotentia has two main applications “Selection and Recruitment” or “Educational and Training”.
Screening candidates for both recruitment and training.
Identifying student/trainee needs in order to design better and more effective training programs.
Post process completion as a “development construct” to recognize individuals aptitudes and intelligence (rather than their current position/level of education), who may benefit from further training and/or education.
MyPotentia is available on our store page. Click here.
“Your ‘I Can’ is more important than your IQ.” Robin Sharma