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The Binet-Simon intelligence scale, which was finally created in 1905, contained problems in an order of increasing difficulty. These items included vocabulary, memory, common knowledge and other cognitive abilities. Binet tests were accepted widely around the world with the exception of France, which basically rejected the test. In In 1908 Binet and Simon revised the test and for each test item, Binet decided whether an average child would be able to get the question right. Thus he was able to differentiate between the chronological age and the mental age of a child. A child's mental age was determined by estimating a child's intelligence through comparison with the scores of average children of the same age. 1911 Binet and Simon were able to release there last publication of the test, which still wan't accepted in France. Binet continued to work on the revision of his intelligence test until his death in Paris on October 18, 1911. After Binet's death, Lewis Terman and his colleagues advanced on Binet's research and used the intelligence quotient as a method of computing someone's final score of the Binet-Simon test.
As you can see if it wasn't for Alfred Binet we wouldn't have Intelligence quotients (IQ) tests the way they are today. While they aren't exactly perfect, because there is still biasness, it is still a basic framework of human cognitive ability. Possibly Binet's most important accomplishment was getting other psychologists interested in the normal human mind and what it's capable of. Other psychologists during that time-period were far more interested in the mind of the mentally handicapped and brain sizes.
Although Binet's tests were very groundbreaking, I am still not convinced that intelligence is something that can be measured by a single test. I am in support of the theory that to measure someone's intelligence they should be monitored during…...

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