Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don't Translate to Better Cognition

Improved test scores were not associated with better memory, speed or attention skills.

A new study finds that higher test scores don't translate into better cognitive ability.

"It's valuable to push up the crystallized abilities, because if you can do more math, if you can read a paragraph and answer comprehension questions, all those things are positive," he said in the statement. "Schools can improve crystallized abilities, and now it might be a priority to see if there are some methods for enhancing the fluid ones as well."


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