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IQ: YOU BE THE JUDGE April 26, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Life Experience.

Based on what you can see for yourself reflected in the Duckpond, does any of the following make sense to you, or might it just be an example of inexact measures and wayward inferences? I did this exercise once. It is enough for me to question its validity. I do not wish to test its reliability, and get a worse outcome.

These were my results:

This means that based on your answers, your IQ score is between 116 and 126. Most people’s IQs are between 70 and 130. In fact, 95% of all people have IQs within that range. 68% of people score between 80 and 120. The following chart to your right, shows these percentages and where your IQ score is on that scale.


You have a strong ability to process visual-spatial and mathematical information. These skills combined with your strengths in logic are what make you a Visual Mathematician.

You’re able to understand patterns visually and in numbers. That means your mind can create a mental picture for any problem. In addition to that skill, you possess an intelligence that allows you to apply math to that picture, too. That helps you manipulate multiple parts of the picture (or problem) to come up with a solution.
You have many skills that are critical to success and problem-solving. Your talents help you understand the “big picture,” which is partly why people may turn to you for direction — especially in the workplace. You flourish in environments where tasks are clearly defined, and you are a whiz at improving processes and making things more efficient. Your ability to detect patterns and your skills in math and logic, make it natural for you to come up with ideas and theories that simplify processes for everyone.

Outside of work, Visual Mathematicians tend to do well at strategic activities like chess. It must be that ability to recognize patterns — both as they are and how they develop. Regardless of how you put your mind to use, you’ve got a great set of talents. You will be able to envision a clear path and calculate the risks, and more importantly, the rewards, of anything you take on.

You scored in the 90th percentile on the mathematical intelligence scale.This means that you scored higher than 80% – 90% of people who took the test and that 10% – 20% scored higher than you did. The scale above illustrates this visually.

Your mathematical intelligence score represents your combined ability to reason and calculate. You scored relatively high, which means you’re probably the one your friends look to when splitting the lunch bill or calculating your waitresses’ tip. You may or may not be known as a math whiz, but number crunching might come a little easier to you than it does others.

You scored in the 70th percentile on the visual-spatial intelligence scale.
This means that you scored higher than 60% – 70% of people who took the test and that 30% – 40% scored higher than you did. The scale above illustrates this visually.

The visual-spatial component of intelligence measures your ability to extract a visual pattern and from that envision what should come next in a sequence. Your score was relatively high, which could mean that you’re the one navigating the map when you’re on an outing with friends. You have, in some capacity, an ability to think in pictures. Maybe this strength comes out in subtle ways, like how you play chess or form metaphors.

You scored in the 90th percentile on the linguistic intelligence scale.
This means that you scored higher than 80% – 90% of people who took the test and that 10% – 20% scored higher than you did. The scale above illustrates this visually.

Linguistic abilities include reading, writing and communicating with words. [The] test measures knowledge of vocabulary, ease in completing word analogies and the ability to think critically about a statement based on its semantic structure. Your score was relatively high, which could mean you know your way around a bookstore and maybe like to bandy about the occasional 25-cent word to impress friends.

You scored in the 70th percentile on the logical intelligence scale.
This means that you scored higher than 60% – 70% of people who took the test and that 30% – 40% scored higher than you did. The scale above illustrates this visually.

The logical intelligence questions assess your ability to think things through. The questions determine the extent to which you use reasoning and logic to determine the best solution to a problem. Your logic score was relatively high, which could mean that when the car breaks down, your friends look to you to help figure out not only what’s wrong, but how to fix it and how you’re going to get to the next gas station.

These test always seem to describe somebody I do not know, and nobody else knows either. I am not sure about the “visual mathematician” classification, since nobody has ever made that generalization previously. I am somewhat disturbed by disconnect between linguistic and logical propensity, but perhaps the malady has explanatory power and a more general application.

It is very nice of them to suggest that I may have some, if maligned abilities, but there presence, mostly ignored, has never done me one ounce of benefit. So in the absence of distinction of any kind I am all for glorying in mediocrity. Still is useful to perceive blindness and partial blindness. There is a painting/drawing I did at school hanging on the wall with failures to understand perspective.


These discussions ( a word with similar etymology to “percussions” I understand) are somewhat old hat. This information just popped up on my email. Kevin Drum at Public Opinion, Jason Soon at Catallaxy and Ken Parish at Club Troppo have previously set up threads on this subject.

There is a paradox with IQ tests, and I like paradoxes: Intelligence scores do not mean much if you, as I am, part of the average population, other than to be thankful for being healthy and mostly healthy, but if you part of the top 5% that might be meaningful, except the measurement is unreliable in specifics. I am not a number, and I do not think of anybody else as a number.

What is significant about this test, assuming for the moment it’s validity and reliability, is that it distinguishes between various skills or aptitudes, and that I suggest would make it a useful educational tool among others. I am a strong believer that education fails the individual if it does not give them a sense of their possibilities and encouragement to develop their potential. My Headmaster, on leaving school, wrote on my reference something similar to these results. He said I had academic ability somewhat above average, but he did not describe me as “a visual mathematician” or similar category. A good observer can make accurate judgments, but it seems to me merit in quantified identification of abilities with careful interpretation.

ELSEWHERE: 31 March 2008.

I notice that Abbey also gets into the IQ test meme. She mentions Einstein, which reminds me that it is said there is an inverse correlation between intelligence as measured by IQ tests and creativity. It strikes me that people such as Einstein and Richard Feynmann are extremely creative. So what is going on? I did see an explanation by somebody at Yahoo Answers but I cannot now find it again, that IQ because it is under testing conditions a timed test measures brain power to solved closed problems, but the ability to draw the other capacities of the cerebral cortex, to use a full range of thinking languages.

Then there is the possibility that every person is different and valuable in some way. In which case we would not make comparisons and use scalar differentiations, very suitable to locate people in social stratifications. I down on hierarchies because I suspect they are often created by, feed on continuing structural violence, but if they are necessary to form in an emergency that’s fine. What is of transcendent importance that everybody is given recognition of their talents and the opportunity to develop them. Of course it is of not the same importance to the economy, as we know it, and that is a source of conflict.

POSTSCRIPT: 25/07/13

I consider most of these suggestions from similar tests to be invariably wrong, but nonetheless the analytic statements are interesting, and it would be especially amazing if they were even remotely acute.  One thing is clear, it is not possible to have direct contradictions between different tests.

The person who had a an IQ of 68 was something of an accomplishment, but it turned out it was not more than two standard deviations from the mean.



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