I love metaphors. I love to create figures of speech that construct an analogy between two things or ideas.
My passion for metaphors, and all that implies about the dynamics of my personality, is matched by an objective measure of my ability to understand verbal analogies.
My high school administered the School and College Abilities Test (SCAT) to all ninth graders. The SCAT test is a measure of math and verbal reasoning abilities. The verbal reasoning portion of the test comprises 50 verbal analogies. I answered 47 of the verbal analogies correctly: 97th percentile ranking.
I'm not writing this to brag. I'm not really that smart. What intrigues me is the relationship between my ability to understand and create analogies and the ego satisfaction, or pleasure, I derive from the activity. I wonder what that means?
The following is a transcript of my scores on the Differential Aptitude Tests and the School and College Abilities Test. The scores are on file at The Central High School of Philadelphia: 1700 W Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141 (215) 276-5262 Fax (215) 276-4721.
DIFFERENTIAL APTITUDE TEST
FREEDMAN GARY 61384105
Verbal Reasoning 38 Numerical Ability 27 -- VR/NA Combined Raw Score 65
Verbal Reasoning 95 Numerical Ability 80 -- VR/NA Combined Percentile 95
SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ABILITY TEST
Answer Sheet Number 148835 FREEDMAN GAR
Verbal Ability Raw Score 47 [out of 50 verbal analogies]
Copy Score 302
Percentile Rank 97
Percentile Band 94-99