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IQ Tests: What's Your Score?

Updated on July 30, 2017

Personality Tests and IQ Tests Don't Measure a Person's Intelligence

Some experts in the field believe that IQ tests are actually personality tests. With a wide variety of personality tests available, I tend to agree with them. Personality and IQ test scores are used to determine how well a person has done in school, both grade school and in colleges and universities. Personality tests also assess a person's social skills

The BMI IQ test, BMI standing for Brain Metrics Initiative, is an ongoiing project completely devoted to the development of quality IQ tests. This includes personality testing too. Researchers believe that their IQ tests measure 5 different areas of assessment.

BMI's 5 Areas of Assessment

These 5 assessment aspects actually test a person's problem solving capabilities rather than their intelligence. This particular IQ test is linked to analytical thinking, verbal and visual skills, plus short term memory strengths and/or weaknesses.

The photo below shows what an actual IQ test, developed by BMI, looks like. It assesses the following areas:

  • Pattern recognition
  • Spatial orientation
  • Visual perception
  • Analytical thinking
  • Short term memory.

IQ tests don't measure a person's knowledge or intelligence; they do, however, measure a person's ability to learn.

IQ = Intelligence Quota

Researchers interested in measuring a person's intelligence have developed many types of IQ tests over the years. They believe that IQ scores indicate the person's ability to succeed in these areas: Their education, employment, finances, and their social skills.

The average human being more than likely scores somewhere between 85 and 100 on an IQ test, with a small percentage falling below the norm and a small percentage above the norm.

Graph Showing Your IQ Score Compared to Other IQ Scores


Have You Taken the Test? What's Your Score?

According to the data in the graph above, most of the population scores between 85 and 100. Of course there are those who test below the norm and some who score above, but all in all, the normal IQ score is around 100. Two of my five children have scored around 130!

I took the sample IQ test and got a grade of 106 but this was only 5 or 6 questions. The sample test looks just like the photo below. It took me a few minutes to understand what was going on but I did manage to figure it out. Don't laugh! I've never taken an IQ test before.

As you can see, the BMI IQ test has everything to do with pattern recognition which is one of the 5 assessments listed above. Please check it out, the sample test is free. You don't have to spend a cent. If you want to take the real IQ test though, it costs $19.99, then you'll get an email explaining the results of the test.

Sample IQ Test


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    • susieq52 profile image

      Susan Sullenberger 7 months ago from Lakeland

      Yeah, you're right on that score!

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Isn't a bit ironic that it does not determine Intelligence but is called an Intelligence Quotient -- I guess that says something about the intelligence of the test writers.

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      susieq52 7 months ago

      Thanks for stopping by Eric. I'll have to think about your comment for a while. lol The IQ test is meant to measure our learning capabilities rather than our intelligence.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is a fascinating and ever evolving area. I do not necessarily buy into any of the schools of thought but over the years I have met really dense people and really smart people. There simply are differences. While we may be born equal in the eyes of God and the Law there is no way we are born equal in intelligence. The coolest thing for me are the folks who are just plain stupid about somethings and Savants in others.