In the Netherlands the final Cito test is an educational standardized test that is used to categorize children, aged eleven to twelve, in a learning path for high school. The final Cito test is disseminated as a tool to objectively measure one’s intelligence which can, among other things, lead to self-doubt and stereotyping. This is why the active roles of this test have been investigated in this research by unfolding the final Cito test. This research takes into account the history of the final Cito test, to further understand its consequences in the here and now. To understand the relation between the traces of its past in the present, documentaries and websites have been watched and the final Cito test as document has been analysed. During the process of analysing, palpable traces became visible which led to ten conversations with and twenty messages of people who were convinced that the final Cito test can have long term influences on one’s sense of self. This research has attempted to unfold the final Cito test, which shows that the portrayal of the final Cito test, as an objective tool to measure one’s intelligence, can be harmful for one’s sense of self. Therefore, this research aimed to provide a platform for a new vision on the use of standardized test within education.

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Maja Hertoghs, Samira van Bohemen
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Wiertsema, T. (2021, June 20). The final Cito test and its folds.. Sociology. Retrieved from