Education: Beyond The New SAT: Testing That Je Ne Sais Quoi

Psychologist Robert Sternberg's first field study in intelligence took place in grade school, when poor scores on IQ tests convinced him he was a "dum-dum." Largely thanks to an exceptional fourth-grade teacher, Sternberg managed to shed his self-doubt, improve his grades and go on to attend Yale University, but he never shook the sense that traditional tests are missing something. "You don't get to the top in life just on your IQ points or your SAT score," says Sternberg, now a professor at Yale and president of the American Psychological Association (APA). "You have to psych out the system. How do...

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