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I do not care to measure whether someone else is academically smart. I am interested in other people's views on this as intelligence is subjective. Also, I was trying to assess myself as a lot of people say that I am academically smart, but I do not believe that.
- digest and understand new information in that subject well/quickly, see links and make generalisations
- readily and creatively apply knowledge to new situations and problems
- explain parts of the subject well - arguably if you struggle to explain something in your own words, your understanding is lacking.
I don't really believe that there's "street smarts" and "book smarts" - really they're just the same skills applied in different ways. I say "in an area" because people can have a knack for some things and not for others.
exams might not measure all of these. while someone smart will probably have high exam results - it can't be guaranteed that someone with a high grade has aptitude for the subject. they could've just got lucky, or the exam might have enabled them to just memorise information without having to understand it. (these exist throughout education) equally someone with lower results could have just had a bad day and might have a better understanding of the subject than the aforementioned student. if a-levels/GCSEs were infallible indicators of someone's academic ability - Oxbridge would just select the top x% of GCSE/A-level scores and be done with it rather than interviewing.
academically ability is something that can be hard to gauge on paper - but isn't too hard when you have a conversation with someone about their subject.