GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 312
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that success is the best measure of intelligence, while others think that intelligence can be measured in other ways.
What is your opinion on that?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Some would argue that success is the best yardstick of intelligence, yet others believe that intelligence can be evaluated through other methods. While success is a common method of measuring intelligence, I believe that various standardized tests prove to be effective ways to assess an individual’s talent.
On the one hand, success is seen as the best indicator of intelligence. This is because brilliant persons are better able to overcome all obstacles in their way to success, despite having no academic qualification or limited financial resources. Steve Jobs, Apple’s famed co-founder, is a case in point. He becomes phenomenally successful, despite dropping out of college. I believe that this is often not the case because hard work and determination play important roles in such success stories.
On the other hand, various standardized tests are devised specifically to evaluate human brilliance. For instance, the commonly used Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) and Stanford–Binet IQ tests are all standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. I think these standardized tests are more accurate because they are widely used in various fields, such as education, business, psychology and so on, for their ability to assess and predict performance as well. For example, SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is used to help college authorities decide whether candidates are eligible for special-education programs.
To reiterate, success is regarded by many as the most appropriate way to measure intelligence. But, I think standardized tests are better methods for assessing the intellectual capacity of human beings because they are usually more accurate and applicable to a wide range of people.