IQ Tests

On a regular IQ test, I’m a respectable 122. On a verbal IQ test, I’m an expected 138 (and that’s not in my own language).

But on memory IQ I’m retardation-level 79.

I feel strangely validated by this result because nobody believes me when I say I have a terrible memory.

The IQ test shows that I’m exceptionally gifted in terms of analytical thinking but average on abstract reasoning.

15 thoughts on “IQ Tests”

  1. I took one verbal IQ test in English and received 109 because of not knowing many words. Took another in the attempt to improve and got … 35 :-0


    1. I’m curious too. I didn’t know they had IQ tests for different areas of expertise, so I’m fascinated there as well.

      I have a feeling I’d be too distracted now to take an IQ test and do as well as in the past. I used to be fresh and focused, but now I multitask and stay up late.


      1. In a real professional test, there are 6 different parts, and they give you a detailed report that explains each part and how they arrived at the number.

        Primitive tests only test 1-2 areas and the number is not as reliable, although it will still be in the ballpark.

        The reason why I did this is I have a colleague who is working on something related and the colleague needed guinea pigs.


        1. I wonder if the test I took was this, then. Our “IQ” was not revealed but there were 6 different scores. What was revealed to us was expressed in terms of percentiles. My classmate broke into the files and said his IQ was 145 and mine was 139, and I immediately decided it must be the opposite, because we were in 6th grade and competitive.


  2. Try taking the LSAT! The Law school entrance exam – if they still require something like that. I took it decades ago and did very high on all the sections (there were 4 sections) except the “abstract reasoning” You know, if person X is in room 3, and person Y is in room 6, and events x-y-z happens, where would X end up? Something like that.
    So don’t feel bad about the abstract reasoning thing, it’s a snare and a delusion as to true intelligence. Just my opinion.

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    1. I am not good at those abstract reasoning questions and their inclusion on the LSAT is the reason I cannot get into a top-top law school.

      In the 6th grade, there was a complex set of intelligence and aptitude tests and I was in the 99th percentile on all of them except for this one where I was in the 76th. Which, as the teacher pointed out, still makes me above average, but is nonetheless a very different number from the others.

      He said that although it was called “abstract reasoning” it was really about manual dexterity and mechanics. He said it meant that there were certain kinds of engineering, for instance, where I could do fine if I had to but that I would notice difficulty in ways I wouldn’t in other fields, might come out competent but not super-talented, etc.


  3. The only intelligence test I have ever undergone was, surprisingly, on behalf of the … Soviet Army. At the age of about 16. It was not exactly the Western-style IQ test, but many types of problems were similar. So me and my high school classmates were required to take that test during the military education class. And next class the teacher announced the scores, starting from higher to lower (at that time and place any scores or grades were not hidden behind student numbers, everything was public, and many teachers used grades for public shaming). After the teacher did not mention me among several top-scored students, I started to worry… But he never mentioned me. So eventually I had to ask – “Comrade lieutenant-colonel, sir, what about me?” And his response was – “the army will be extremely hard for you”… I still do not know what my score was. In some perverted way this experience was actually very ego-boosting, even though it was also scary.
    (I never served, by the time I got 18 Gorbi decided to be civilized enough to not draft university students. And then SU disintegrated. My country forgot about me for many years and then abruptly attempted to charge me with chronic evasion of draft. This is another funny story, which ended with me being assigned to reserve and issued a document stating that I am “uneducated private”, referring to lack of military education. πŸ™‚ Wanted to frame it and hang it in my office, but lost it somewhere upon moving to North America…


    1. Great story. πŸ™‚ It’s clear that you were off-the-charts for them in a very literal way.

      By the way, fear of the draft was the only reason N left Russia and spent several years as a seasonal field worker and office cleaner in the UK. I don’t think people from another part of the world can understand how terror of the draft defined the lives of young men of our generation.


      1. Quoting C:
        ” I don’t think people from another part of the world can understand how terror of the draft defined the lives of young men of our generation.”

        Beg to differ, as I narrowly missed being drafted into the rice paddies of the SE Asia Vietnam war. Was sweating it out an entire year at university.
        But of course, I don’t qualify as the same “our generation” that you refer to. πŸ™‚


        1. In South Africa going to university directly after school was the main way to avoid being sent to fight Cubans in Angola. University graduates automatically became officers for their military service.


  4. Respectfully, knowing a thing or two about this, I would assert that you don’t have a bad memory, but an imperfectly functioning memory. If you would like to attempt remedying that, let me know. For the record, I too said for many years that I had a bad memory. After doing a series of exercises that took a few months, I can truthfully say that my memory is at the stage where I tend to remember things like (this is a real example) that 3 nights ago I went food shopping, spent precisely $121.55, and feel confident that I could tell you what each of the 3 dozen or so items purchased cost individually.


    1. I also feel that I have a ‘bad memory’. The truth is, I have no trouble remembering things that are important to me. I have a poor memory for detail but great memory for abstractions. If I read a novel, I don’t remember the plot or quotations, but I remember thematic elements, sometimes even after 10-15 years. I know IQ tests are designed to evaluate a generalized ability. However, it does leave out this subjective aspect of remembering.

      The situation is further muddled with the widespread availability of digital devices. William Gibson has called them ‘prosthetic memory’. I suspect we are remembering less-and-less in our meat-brains and more-and-more in our digital-brains.


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