Originally Posted by erigeron
I don't want to derail this thread, but I feel like people keep putting words in my mouth that I didn't say. If you reread my post you'll note that I didn't say smart automatically=does well on standardized exams. I do not think this. In fact, I think the results of standardized exams have a limited correlation with intelligence and don't measure all types of intelligence (and I also think my husband is approximately equally as intelligent as me and his ACT score was about 3/5 of mine, which serves as an example of this in action). I said I thought this program would be considered by those parents whose kids already do well on standardized exams. But perhaps I'm wrong about this, which I'm okay with if that's the case. I didn't realize one offhand comment about "hey, I already knew I'd do well on the SATs because I took them in eighth grade" would be such a big deal. I just posted my own personal experience with the MTS and that was part of it, but that wouldn't factor into my decision with my own child. What practice to do for standardized tests is kind of a separate issue.
Thank you for clarifying this. I went back to your post and re-read it.
When I originally read your off-hand comment, I knew could tell that it was just a minor side remark, so I don't want you to think that I interpreted your off-hand remark as a primary consideration. It is just that the even though it is clear that you don't think that it is more than a very minor side benefit, the website for NUMATS DOES make it a really big deal, and so your off-hand remark made me realize that everyone comes from different experience and perspectives. Telling me what your young friends went through during middle school was really helpful to me for that reason.
As for whether there is correlation between standardized tests and intelligence, you are right that you never implied it and that's pretty clear cut. What confuses the issue, and this is totally NOT your fault, is that the NUMATS website DOES claim that there is such a correlation. So I was already puzzled by this.
If the NUMATS website had just said that the purpose of the exam is to act as a gateway to their CTD programs, then I would have understood what is going on.
But instead, the website seemed to imply that practice taking the test is a very important good thing, and that getting recognition with medals is an equally very important thing, and that was where I got confused.
So I thank you all, Erigeron included, for helping me understand.