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    Re: What's your IQ?

    I know we all do it, but trying to judge someone else's brainpower is a slippery slope. There's just so many ways to get it wrong. If the people around you are really smart or really dumb, you need to know so you can keep an eye on them. Other than that it's better not to speculate too much, it's just way too easy to make a big mistake. Also, you got dumb people trying to appear smart, along with smart people playing dumb. Which is which?

    The Army says I'm smarter than you, but not by that much. These tests may be a rough guide, but I wouldn't put too much stock in them.
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    Somewhere around 130 - 135. Best guess, based on IQ, SAT, and GRE scores.

    I agree that IQ isn't all it's cracked up to be. A lot of the "predictive power" is a correlation between the scores on the test and your ability to do well in school, and thus to progress in the educational system and get a better job. That's because the tests are heavily weighted to the same things school tasks feature (verbal and math skills). I happen to be good at verbal and math skills, so I do well on IQ tests and in school. However, I'm quite dumb in other areas not measured by the test -- e.g., interpersonal intelligence, athletic intelligence, musical intelligence (these aren't categories I'm making up, btw; they come from the IQ literature itself, where there is a lot of debate about what "IQ" consists of). "Book smart but not street smart" captures me in some ways, unfortunately.

    Also, IQ doesn't correlate much with other predictors of happiness or success in life, such as anxiety/depression, neuroticism, work ethic, or character strengths such as self-reflection and ability to take responsibility vs. blame others/systems. So it's a piece, but hardly the be-all, end-all that some people make it out to be. There are tons of people with high IQ who've made a mess of their lives, because of personality traits, character deficiencies, poor habits, and so forth.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    I got 115.

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    I Quit!
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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Unfortunately, I don't have that much time to do the test

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    I know we all do it, but trying to judge someone else's brainpower is a slippery slope.
    I agree. And, when it comes to comparing IQ numbers, unless you know that you have taken the same exact IQ test as the person with whom you are comparing scores, there is an additional problem that the general public doesn't know or think about. The public media never gets into it that far.

    The raw IQ number can be misleading to an extent. If you are, say, at a cocktail party and somehow it comes up to ask a person for his/her IQ, you'll want to know the name of the actual test that was taken, which won't mean anything to you if you knew it anyway, so actually, you'll want the person to tell you the percentile that his/her raw number falls into, based on all the raw numbers of everyone else who took that particular test. The percentile is the better comparison as it equalizes between all the different qualifying tests. The person may be more likely to recall his/her percentile than the exact name of the test, anyway.

    To explain, different IQ tests have different maximum point values. Maybe Test A has a maximum possible points of 163. Test B has maximum possible points of 183. If Tom gets 150 on Test A and Mary gets 150 on Test B, did Tom get more questions correct than Mary? Is Tom smarter? Or was Test B simply harder than Test A? Is Mary smarter? Is it fair to compare 150 to 150 between two non-identical tests with these hidden variables? Wouldn't comparing any two numbers be just as unfair, if different tests, in your cocktail party conversation?

    Older members here may know from a few prior posts that I am in Mensa/Intertel and I am ok to share my scores at this time because I am anonymous to you, and I want to give you a legit example of what I am saying. I took two proctored IQ tests in the same day in 1989. On "Test C" my score was 143 and on "Test D" my score was 152.

    Of all of the people who (ever) took Test C, only 1 out of every hundred people got a score 143 or higher. Therefore, my 143 placed me in the 99th percentile.

    Of all of the people who (ever) took Test D, only 2 out of every hundred people got a score 152 or higher. Therefore, my 152 placed me in the 98th percentile.

    Take notice, the higher raw IQ number of the two, was the lower percentile. What does this mean? It means that more people could get 152 on Test D than could get 143 on Test C. So, my lower IQ number 143 actually reflected better on me than the higher number 152. Who would ever know that if only comparing raw numbers?

    Hopefully you can now see why comparing Tom and Mary's percentiles would be more fair than comparing their raw numbers.

    Which number would I throw around at cocktail parties? Neither, as it is considered poor form in Mensa to mention them and besides, anyone "in the know" would know that the percentile is where the meaning is, not that raw number. In fact, no one who knows me IRL knows my raw IQ numbers. I'm taking them to my grave. Or, as I've told people with a wink, you gotta sleep with me to find out. Ha, that usually silences the curious! LOL.
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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Who knows what my IQ really is, but I scored 137 on that Norwegian Mensa test a few years ago while drunk.

    If you're worried about being "smart," google a list of cognitive biases. Intelligence doesn't do any of us any good if we use it to rationalize falsehoods. To get at what's true requires a kind of trust in inquiry, the more impersonal the process the better. Being quick and accurate with cutesy puzzles is pretty meaningless.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    105.

    That was painfully boring.
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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Don't forget that the results these tests will give you are always skewed by people who take the test more than once and improve their score with each successive attempt.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    According to your link, I have a 92 IQ

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypernova View Post
    Don't forget that the results these tests will give you are always skewed by people who take the test more than once and improve their score with each successive attempt.
    Indeed. Years ago when I was applying for jobs, numerical and diagrammatic reasoning tests were very popular. In one assessment centre (multi day interview) for a job I got 98% on one test but ended up failing the last, technical interview. I know people who are definitely more intelligent than me who scored worse. Why? I practiced the hell out of those tests. Must have done literally twenty of them.

    I've done the mensa test before, its very similar to general diagrammatic and numerical reasoning tests.

    The simple reality is that its very hard/impossible to quantify intelligence with a number. That's not a satisfying answer though so a lot of places pretend that you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypernova View Post
    Don't forget that the results these tests will give you are always skewed by people who take the test more than once and improve their score with each successive attempt.
    To what extent would this skew my result?
    My first attempt in which I only paid 75% focus/concentration/attention/etc came back as 97, and in my second attempt where I focused like a mule scored 110. There were certain patterns that I could never ever tell. Like 12 patterns out of 35 (as I recall) were just too hard for my brain to find the "link" or the "answer" AT ALL.
    Should I just split the difference and assume I have an IQ between 97-105?

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BedroomBully View Post
    According to your link, I have a 92 IQ
    Did you do it with all your will? 100% focus?
    I am 97, so we're 5 digits off.
    I feel so confused. With an IQ of 97 I am only fit for mediocre yellow collar jobs and have mediocre academic performance, but I am studying for a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy.
    Apart from math and physics, my academic performance is OK.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Bro, we could both take that test until we are geniuses. The scores have already been skewed by people having done this, because an IQ test is a comparative test between every score. Since there is nothing stopping the entire world from taking the test more than once, everyone's initial score is lowered by that lack of control to prevent retaking it. I could almost guarantee that if the test didn't allow for this, our scores would be higher. Some tests may account for this, giving a more accurate comparison. Most probably don't. Also, as long as you are above the 50th percentile, you're smarter than average, I believe. My score of 115 is in the 85th percentile. Can anyone correct me on this?
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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by throwawayeh View Post
    Did you do it with all your will? 100% focus?
    I am 97, so we're 5 digits off.
    I feel so confused. With an IQ of 97 I am only fit for mediocre yellow collar jobs and have mediocre academic performance, but I am studying for a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy.
    Apart from math and physics, my academic performance is OK.
    Pretty much full concentration. I'm very good at math, have a vast vocabulary, and have enough street smarts to get by. Good enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BedroomBully View Post
    Pretty much full concentration. I'm very good at math, have a vast vocabulary, and have enough street smarts to get by. Good enough for me.
    Thank you. Your chad of a response to knowing you have IQ in the 90s has improved my outlook on life a lot. I had been extremely agitated about having an IQ of 97, despite having "normal/average" function in life. Google makes it look like we struggle to pick a fork.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    I lack the patience for "fill in the next number in the sequence" sorts of questions so common on most IQ tests. I did take a series of evaluations in high school, administered by an actual psychologist, and those indicated "superior" to "highly superior" (no numerical score) ability across all categories -- but what does that really mean?

    I'm smart enough to be good at my job (design engineer), and to be able to fix and build almost anything, and that's the metric that matters to me.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by throwawayeh View Post
    Thank you. Your chad of a response to knowing you have IQ in the 90s has improved my outlook on life a lot. I had been extremely agitated about having an IQ of 97, despite having "normal/average" function in life. Google makes it look like we struggle to pick a fork.
    I also graduated high school at like age 32 so don't go patting yourself on the back too much.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Its just nonsense. IQ is not fixed anyway. Plus there is bias in the tests. Performance can fluctuate. It is possible to improve your IQ aswell. It doesnt account for curiosity, patience, tenacity, stubborness, focus, determination etc which are all qualities found in high achievers.


    Throwawayeh - the average range is 85 - 115 which means your IQ is that of the majority. In fact you are within the apex of the Stand Distribution Curve.. But do not focus on it. It is pointless. Just decide on what you want to do with your life and get on with it.

    There's a Stoic quote (IIRC) that says 'the world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going'.


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