The question of SAT scores' bearing on IQ and intelligence is frequently posed here. A mainstream response is to cite an ostensible counterexample to the putative positive correlation between SAT scores and IQ, as blahblah9393 has done here.
Empirical research on the SAT score-IQ relationship is less developed and more outdated than is desirable. Here
we find support for a moderately strong to strong positive SAT score-IQ correlation, in which conversion of SAT scores is considered a fairly reliable means of estimating IQ; it should be noted that the SAT 's content has changed over time but not in so fundamental a way as to significantly mitigate let alone nullify the suggestions.
The nature of an imperfect, even strong, correlation renders anecdotal refutation unconvincing: A correlation reflects a net tendency, not a universal law of association. Examples also suffer from salience bias, in which the more counterintuitive findings (here likely those in which there seems to be a great SAT score-IQ differential) arise more prominently in our perceptions and recollections than do predictable ones.
Also worth noting is that a seemingly inexplicably low SAT score or IQ given the respective other metric may in fact be attributable to something other than random anomaly because even the most well-regarded notions of general intelligence, g
, describe a cognitive system driven not by a hegemonic g but instead one also complemented by other (so-called "multiple") intelligences, You can have deficiencies in essay writing or standardized test time management or spatial reasoning or grammatical analysis or mathematical logic and be smart nonetheless. To these potentialities and others in the same vein we may impute the imperfect validity of metrics that attempt to quantify intelligence. Additionally, even insofar as we accept the existence of some g
, we must recognize the attempted quantification of intelligence at large as coarsely monolithic and reifying.
Because a successful life is achieved through the bold, affirmative exploitation of one's strengths and not lost through the course-correcting follies into which our weaknesses get us, for those who are prudent it is not a game of weak links' limitation but instead an endeavor in which the strongest link is determinative of their possibility. To this end, be proud of your SAT/ACT performance and neglect your IQ result, if you must turn to any extent to numbers for worth appraisal.