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Rising IQ Scores
Listening - Click here to listen to a story about baby talk and pet talk. After you listen once, listen again and answer the following questions.  Note: There will be a lot of unfamiliar vocabulary. For the answer, write what you think you hear.

Here are some vocabulary words that you will hear:
 
steadily
administer (v)
compelling
decade
trend
upward
spatial
abstract
ìthrough the roofî
recalibrate
renorm 
sophistication
propose
familiarity
media
exposure
perspectives
relatively
manipulate

Rising IQ Test Scores

1. By how much have IQ scores been rising? (1)
 

2. On which kinds of tests have the scores been going up even faster? By how much have scores on these tests gone up? (2)
 

3. T / F The questions asked on the exams have changed over the years. (1)
 

4. How much better would you do on an a test from the 1930s than a test given last year? (1)
 

5. Except for "increasing exposure to visual media", what are three other possible reasons why people are doing better on IQ tests now? (3)
 

6. Give examples how our exposure to visual media has been increasing over the years. (2)
 

7. What did the listening say about the effect of videogames on children? (1)
 

8. Does the rise in test scores indicate that our general intelligence is better than before? Explain. (1)
 

9. What are three kinds of intelligences mentioned at the end of the listening? (3)
 
 

Once you have attempted to answer the questions, click here to see the answers. I will put the answers up later.