I am a sucker!

Lee St. John, a retired educator, knows better but rarely plays by the rules. Author of four paperbacks and ebooks, she also narrates her own audio books. Her newest book, “SHE’S A KEEPER! Cockamamie Memoirs of a Hot Southern Mess” is due out this year.

I am a sucker for all those tests that show up online, mostly on Facebook, that can tell your Intellectual Quotient, your Emotional Quotient, your aura color, your top personality traits, which movie star you look like, what literary character you are most like, etc. all in 10 – 20 questions. I’m a S-U-C-K-E-R!
I have A) the highest FACEBOOK IQ, B) the most tenderhearted EQ [or emotional quotient] C) every color of the rainbow when I retake that color test for the 10th time to get a color I want because I answer the questions differently each time trying to score my favorite color, D) such a great personality I should run for office, E) Grace Kelly doppelganger, F) Scarlett O’Hara literary heroine, and G) can score 20 on a scale of 1-10 on most any test. I might as well be a Barbie Doll because she’s so perfect.
Barbie is every career from a model to doctor. She is vintage, yet fashionable. She dresses for all the holidays and still wears a space suit. She is thin and yet can be curvy. She is every ethnicity. She is the darling of the seas as in Ariel or she can fly on a magic carpet like Jasmine. She is expensive but also frugal. She wears designer Mattel clothes but also wears homemade frocks from Amazon, Etsy, or your favorite seamstress. She is a collector but some throw her away after her hair tangles. She might like to have a boyfriend but doesn’t need one. And she has a fast pink convertible. This girl ROCKS!
According to my online tests I am as fantastic as she, and it only took a minute to answer all the questions because they were all multiple choice.
You know about multiple choice tests. “Multiple choice items consist of a stem, the correct answer, keyed alternative, and distractors. The stem is the beginning part of the item that presents the item as a problem to be solved, a question asked of the respondent, or an incomplete statement to be completed, as well as any other relevant information.” Wikipedia.
The middle schools used to have “aptitude” tests. The counselors gave these tests to gain insight into the kinds of jobs/careers students could be thinking about for their future. They gave these tests before high school so that pupils could plan on what courses they should take for either the college-prep course track diploma or the technical track diploma.
The test was dead-on when it came to my first child’s innate ability. His prognosis indicated that he was good with his hands. He is now Assistant Director, Learning Environments of labs, classroom, and collaborative spaces for Georgia State University. Fancy name for he works in IT and uses his hands.
I think what I worry a little about is the girl sitting next to him in his 8th grade classroom taking her standardized aptitude test. When the results came in, she told our oldest child her test results. I wonder what she is doing today? Her test results told her she should either become a clown…or a mime.




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