Success in Raven’s Test as an Index of Intelligence: Does Bi/Multilingualism Matter?



Shiraz Azad University


The present study seeks to find out whether or not higher scores of bilingual
and multilingual speakers in Raven’s intelligence test owe a debt to their bi/
multilingualism. To this end, 50 abridged versions of Raven’s test were randomly
distributed among a population of almost 200 freshman university students out
of which forty four booklets were returned at the end of administration sessions.
The results of statistical analyses proved that bilingual and multilingual speakers
enjoy higher IQ levels. The significance test confirms the fact that cognitive
development of individuals has a direct relation with the number of languages
spoken by them.