How to Pass an IQ test and Get a High Score
Only use data given
Use all data given
Increase your vocabulary
Know your grammar
Practice in conversation
Practice doing logical puzzles
I Q stand for Intelligence Quotient. There are many different kinds of intelligence, but IQ is specifically measuring the ability of someone to solve logical problems. That’s all it is. You could be a great artist, a major Olympic star, a rock around the clock musician, an honest politician, or an awesome person. However, none of that has anything to do with your problem solving ability. Nor will the degree of your problem solving ability determine the measure of success in your life.
It's also good to know that IQ tests use math and logic, and if you have never been taught (or understood) the methodologies, you are going to be at a disadvantage. The belief system is that if you can't understand the math, you're not intelligent. Not true. You might simply never have been taught it properly (or not).
Understand exactly what is being asked
I woke up this morning to a misunderstanding about my arrival date at a friend.
“The date of my arrival will depend on the arrival of my luggage as it was shipped separately and I need to be there when it arrives. So I have to time my arrival with the date of the arrival of my luggage. I will also need to talk to Anne as to when she can give me a ride to your place (She’s currently at the dentist – ugh). I will get back to you as soon as I know.
Here’s a breakdown of the information I gave to Margaret.
The date on which I could travel to Margaret was dependent upon the date my luggage arrived.
Because I did not have the exact date of my luggage arriving, I couldn’t specify the date of my journey to Margaret.
I state that I would also need to speak to Anne as to when it was convenient for me to get a ride to Margaret.
Therefore there are two things I need to know. The first is when my luggage is arriving and the second is when Anne is able to give me a ride.
When I had that information, I would inform Margaret.
So why did Margaret think that I said that I would give her the information the next day? Margaret had focused on the fact that Anne was at the dentist, and she assumed that once Anne was back from the dentist (the same day), I would be able to find out the information from her and be able to come back to her at the latest the next day.
Can you see that Margaret missed one of the two pieces of essential information? Anne wouldn't be able to tell me when my luggage would arrive.
We tend to focus on particular pieces of information and don't notice other information given.
Percentages of IQ scores
Do not make assumptions.
Read the information given to you very carefully. That is the only information that can be used. You cannot jump to conclusions which are not confirmed by the information given to you. If you do that, you have a high statistical chance of giving the wrong answer.
If you’ve ever been party to a discussion, you will notice that quite a few assumptions are made about what is being said. For example, if somebody states that they support the view that rapid climate change is man-made, the assumption is often that the person must be a liberal. However, while it’s statistically likely that they will probably be a liberal, there are actually conservatives who support the view that rapid climate change is man-made.
When writing an IQ test, information upon which you make deductions must be exact – not statistical.
If it isn't said literally, don't draw a deduction based on your own belief system. Focus only on the information given.
Assumptions influence us without our even being aware of it.
Psychiatrists and psychologists will often give patients a list of words and ask what the associated thought is. So, for instance, if the doctor says rose, the patient will often reply red. That’s because people are accustomed to hearing the phrase the two words associated, i.e. red rose. In reality, there is no evidence whatsoever that the rose is red. The rose could be black, yellow, white, pink, or any other colour. The higher someone’s IQ, the less they assume something. They use only given, factual information.
In order to hone your skill to look only at given information in an IQ test, start practicing in real life. More than anything else, it’s a bad habit that most of us get into because we’ve never been taught not to do that.
Practice responding to the exact question asked.
Have you ever asked a sales associate a question at a store and the sales associate gives you an answer unrelated to what you have asked?
For example, you ask a sales associate for the price of something. The sales associate responds with the a list of the features and benefits of the product.
This is an avoidance technique because an accurate answer to the question would mean a loss of sale.
Most people don't notice because they are quickly diverted, but someone either trained in avoidance technique (politicians come to mind) or someone with a high intelligence quotient would notice immediately.
The thing is that we all use avoidance techniques because they save us giving answers we don't want to give.
The problem with avoidance techniques is that we become so accustomed to them that our reasoning begins to be affected by them, and when we have to focus on only the actual information given, we find it difficult to do.
IQ tests are not trying to trick you. They are trying to ascertain how accurately you understand and utilize information. As much as IQ tests are measuring your ability to apply logic in order to arrive at correct answers, they also testing your ability to deduce which information is accurate.
Tools for doing well on an IQ test
- A certain level of education is required. If you've never studied math or some other logical methodology, you may struggle.
- Spend time doing puzzles and learning how to do them. This will increase your ability to work logically. Spotting the differences in spatial drawings are also good way to practice.
- Increase your vocabulary. IQ tests test your knowledge of the meaning of words. For instance, do you know the difference between concur and agree? Do you know the difference between attractive and beautiful?
- Learn your grammar. Grammar is a tool to provide differentiation if meaning. If you are not good at grammar, you will struggle in an IQ test.
For what it’s worth, all skills or academic qualifications can be attained with a maximum IQ of 119. It’s also true that even those with lower scores can be taught virtually anything through repetition and consistent explanation and practice. This is evidenced by the results of schools in Finland where, despite different IQ scores, all students generally graduate at about the same level. Finland, incidentally, has the best educated people in the world.
Would you feel better if you had a higher IQ?
Purpose of IQ tests
Personally, I’ve had numerous IQ tests in my life, and I have had no benefit in having them. Generally these tests were conducted for the following reasons.
Career guidance: after the test I was told that I could do anything I liked which was no guidance at all.
To ascertain why I was struggling to do anything: there was no issue with the level of my intelligence, but they still couldn’t figure out why I was struggling.
To assess me for a job: I was turned down on the basis that I had the highest creativity score the company had seen in their 30 years of existence, and they thought I would be bored within three months.
University acceptance: I never did figure that one out as entry was determined either upon age or exam results dependent on which country I was in.
Be aware, though, that IQ beats EQ (Emotional Intelligence) in jobs every single time. The best performers are the people with high IQ not the people with high EQ. Emotional Intelligence is overrated.
At this stage of my life (I’m in my dotage), I sincerely believe that the only thing an IQ test determines is if you have the ability to do math/s. And if you can’t, it’s not an issue. There are a thousand other things that need doing in this world, and there’s space for everyone.
© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger