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"Capacity to act purposefully,
thinking rationally and deal effectively
with the environment."

David Wechsler

The preceding quote is the definition of intelligence by the man who created the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. This is the closest definition I could find that I agreed with. Hence, intelligence isn’t really a measure of intellectual capacity, but a gauge of the ability to deal effectively with life.

Intelligence and IQ

Most 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.

The 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, doesn’t 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.

In 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.

It 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.

We’ve 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.

All 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.

Take 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.

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