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How to Increase or Improve Your IQ Test Score

Updated on February 20, 2013

Tips to Boost Your Brain Power

The Human Brain
The Human Brain | Source

What is IQ?

IQ is short for Intelligence Quotient. The average person has an IQ of 100. IQ scores can indicate intelligence, reasoning ability, special needs. IQ is found by dividing mental age by chronological age and then multiplying by 100. This is why the average is 100.


The following scores give an idea of what your IQ means:

  • 55 to 70 - Moderately retarded
  • 70 to 84 - Moderate intellectual functioning
  • 100 - Average
  • 115 to 129 - Above average; bright
  • 130 to 144 - Moderately gifted
  • 145 to 159 - Highly gifted
  • 160 to 179 - Exceptionally gifted
  • 180 and up - Profoundly gifted

You Can Increase Your IQ

This graph shows proof that it is not only our genetics that determine our IQ.
This graph shows proof that it is not only our genetics that determine our IQ. | Source

Can IQ be Increased or Improved?

Until recent years, it was a common misconception that IQ could not be changed. Most people thought that your IQ was genetic and something you were born with that never changed. Scientists have found this to be untrue. Genetics have been found to only be 50% of our IQ. our diet, activities and environment. The other half of IQ is contributed to by We can increase our IQ!

Benefits of a Higher IQ

  • More rapid learning
  • Logical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Increased Memory
  • Focus

Play Mentally Stimulating Games

This is probably the most obvious technique for gaining IQ points. There are tons of different games or activities that one can do. The trick is, once you have master one of them, you should move on to a new game. This is because your brain is no longer challenged by an activity once you have mastered it. So, pick one to do until you master it and then move on. You could also do a different brain stimulating activity every day so you're always being challenged.

Try some of these:

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Sudoku
  • Rubiks Cube
  • Tetris
  • Word Search
  • Scrabble
  • Chess

Eat Dark Chocolate

Epicathechin is a flavinoid found in dark chocolate and other high concentrations of cocoa. This flavinoid has been found to increase cognitive functioning and even counteract the mental effects of aging. This key is to eat 1 to 5 oz. of dark chocolate per day and make sure it is at least 70% cocoa.

Eat Small Meals

When you eat a big meal, you typically feel tired and less mentally alert. This is because oxygen and blood flow are being diverted from your brain to your intestines. Digesting food is a metabolic function that requires oxygen. The bigger the meal you eat, the less oxygen that is available for brain power. Eating small meals, more frequently will help you stay alert and focused all day long.

Get More B Vitamins

The B vitamins have been commonly called the "brain vitamins." There are multiple different types of B vitamins from B12, B6, B1 to B3. Each of them can do something to improve your brain functioning and thus, your IQ. Some of the things these vitamins can do is help improve concentration, focus, mental health, memory and blood glucose. Try taking a B vitamin supplement or eating more bananas, lentils, liver, tuna or chili peppers.

Do Everyday Things Differently

If you normally write or brush your teeth with your right hand, try doing these things with your left hand instead. Doing this forces your brain to make new connections that only are gained by experience.

Get More Exercise

Exercise increases blood flow, thus oxygen, to your brain. With more oxygen, your brain functions better, just like all other cells in your body. Exercise also increases the amount of glucose that makes its way to the brain, giving it more energy to function optimally. Aerobic activity can increase the production of neurons in the brain. This means, with the ability to produce more neurons, you can potentially learn and retain information faster.

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