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Career quiz: Qualify what "good at math" means

It seems that the way people answer this question may reflect their education backgrounds, gendered /racial social conditioning etc. more than any genuine ability to learn math/science/logic. For instance, its pretty established within psychological literature that men tend to be more confident in their abilities to perform tasks than women (http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/86/1/114/) and that people in general tend to be overconfident about their ability to perform tasks.

I think it would be helpful to add a small qualifier either explaining what "good at math, science and logic" means, or providing some metric with which to gauge one's past ability to do math (e.g. understood material and ideas within the class comprehensively, over 700 in SAT Math portion, etc.) This seems especially important since the career quiz is such a big part of the website and there are so few questions.

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      • Anastasia Valentina commented  · 

        Yes, definitely! My friend has discussed this with me quite a lot. We both suspect that the majority of people who think they are "bad at maths" actually just lack experience and self-confidence, especially young women. Most are just put off by bad teaching. A metric would be helpful, but as Anonymous said, those of us outside the US have not done the SAT. And also what does it mean to be good at maths? Is it enough to just be able to handle number-crunching and computational stuff, or is a strong command of the theory also necessary? Obviously this would vary for different jobs, but some clarification would be helpful.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I worry that too many people won't have done the SATs - for example anyone outside the US. Can you think of another way of putting this that is more universal?

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