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Teens IQ Scores May Fluctuate Dramatically Over Time

A teen’s IQ is not set in stone, according to a study published this month in Nature. In fact, the standard measure of intelligence — often used to predict future success — can fluctuate dramatically.

“It was NOT the case that the young low performers got better and the young high performers averaged out,” study co-author Cathy Price says.

Price cannot say with certainty what accounts for such changes. Brain development may be influenced by what students focus on in their studies. If they neglect verbal-oriented learning, for instance, their scores may reflect that.

It has been our experience that teens need to “use it or lose it” when it comes to developing and sustaining their verbal skills.

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Learn more about the study here.