IQ tests measure intellectual aptitude, i.e. the ability to handle
linear, verbal, mathematical functions or sort out artificially
designed spatial relationships. Educational background can be a
strong determiner of these abilities. Yet history has had many geniuses
who did not fare well on IQ tests, Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and Richard
Feynman, to name a few. Who would argue that these men were not
brilliant in their chosen fields.
original IQ tests were created by Alfred Binet in France to measure
the ability of students to keep up with their peers in the educational
system. David Wechsler further refined the original Binet tests.
The original value of IQ testing still holds in determining relative
intellectual capacity of children and adults up to the age of about
25. If you are interested in knowing your relative intellectual
capacity compared to the norm of society you could take the IQ test
pointed to at the bottom of this page. I chose this test because
it was simple, doesnt take longer than 15 minutes, and was
very generic in its range. It also measured reasoning ability without
stressing heavily learned language or mathematical abilities. Innate
intelligence should not be prejudiced by educational background.
Abraham Lincoln is a good example of a man without extensive formal
education, but whose innate intelligence is evident in the legacy
he left behind.
keeping with the article of Emotional IQ above, motivation is a
large factor in test results. Margaret Lloyd and Theresa Sylla of
Drake University divided preschool children who had taken initial
IQ tests into two groups. Half of the group was given special redeemable
tokens if they scored high on a subsequent equally difficult test.
Those who were promised tokens did considerably better than those
who received nothing, regardless of their scores. Attitude and desire
cannot be divorced from basic intelligence.
is interesting to note that intelligence theorist Robert Sternberg
of Yale stated in 1987 that, In requiring only the answering
of questions, IQ tests are missing a vital half of intelligence
- the asking of questions. Learning to ask the right questions
is where creativity comes in.
presented several tests on this web site. One test is to get a general
measure of creativity as it relates to associative thought. Another
is an essential measure of emotional intelligence, as it relates
to practical everyday life. The following IQ test will give you
a basic idea of what your intellectual strengths were at the time
of taking the test.
of these can be useful in knowing where you are now. This information
in hand, you can decide which paths to take to where you want to
go. All tests should be taken in a spirit of light heartedness and
with a relaxed mind. Success and failure are only flip sides of
the same coin. One defines the other, but neither is the whole picture.
Your successes are only as great as they relate to your next experience.
Your failures are only learning curves along the same path.
the following IQ test with an open mind and enjoy the process. The
web site presenting this test will provide you with elaborate evaluation
information if you are interested.