Friday, February 23, 2007

Idiot Test...are you able to follow instructions

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this game! Have you ever seen the show "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"

The questions that mess the scientists and self-proclaimed geniuses up are the questions that contain multi-step instructions.
To complete the question usually takes simple addition, subtraction, or process-of-elimination skills, but because the question involves five steps or more, which then have to be completed in sequential order, they get the question wrong.

Being able to follow directions is a basic but vital skill. You can memorize all the facts in the world, but you will not be smart. Being able to take what you know and apply it, that is genius.

This all seems very simple. You'd think that everyone would know this. Then why do I know so many people who CAN'T FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS!

Ian said...

A nitpick: Squares are rectangles. Therefore the instruction to "click on the rectangle" is often ambiguous.