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Japanese IQ test for job applicants

Updated on November 9, 2006

Apparently this is an IQ test given to job applicants in Japan in which "Everybody has to cross the river". It's an animated game that's both fun and frustrating.

Click to start the test: Japanese IQ Test

Everything is in Japanese, but follow these instructions below if you prefer English. ;-)

It took me about 20 minutes to solve, my boyfriend about 10 minutes.


Click on link above and then click on the big blue circle to start. To move the people, click on them. To move the raft, click on the pole on the opposite side of the river. You must follow the rules below.


  • Only 2 people can be on the raft at the same time
  • The Father cannot be left alone with either or both of the daughters without their Mother
  • The Mother cannot be left alone with either or both of the sons without their Father
  • The thief (the redhead in the striped shirt) cannot stay with any family member if the Policeman is not there -- she gets violent
  • Only the adults (the Father, the Mother and the Policeman) know how to operate the raft

A screenshot of the game


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      John 5 years ago

      2 minutes (MAD)

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      prasanta kr sen 6 years ago

      its take me about 5 mins

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      krish 6 years ago

      Good game for me its 5 min

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      alun 6 years ago

      45 seconds 17 moves best I can do :-)

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      James 6 years ago

      Weeehhhh!!! Barbero! Those claiming to do it in less than 2 minutes is making up! You have to move the pieces, and you usually need to start thinking har dform move 9 to 14 hich is the key (policeman). Jazz, the minimum move is 19 steps. Barbero ka talag!

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      Edward 6 years ago

      Did this IQ test and finished it in 30 seconds.

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      marty 6 years ago

      easy! beat it in 1 min 36 secs...

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      Jazz 6 years ago

      I did it in a 1 and 50 secs with 17steps. Any one did under 17 steps?

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      Just another User 6 years ago

      I have a certified IQ of over 132 (Mensa, top 2%) and I had to look up the answer…

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      Sandman 6 years ago

      I had it right the first time I did it. Little under 2 minutes. Thinking about 20 seconds and the clicking. I am only 31!

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      christian ahued 6 years ago


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      jarrot 6 years ago

      2mins 17secs

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      honey bunn 6 years ago

      My whole class played the game one day and it took us all hour. After all that complaining and arguing we finally figured it out.

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      Vitou 6 years ago

      very good game for young people for practice their brain. :)

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      6 years ago

      3 Mins :)

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      James M. 7 years ago

      it took me only 2 min. and 37 seconds. pretty easy! And i''m only 11 :D

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      sahlialcala 7 years ago

      dear god???i i cant believe it!!!i made it!

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      Michelle 7 years ago

      Man, i'm never gonna get a job in Japan =p

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      Well practiced ;) 7 years ago

      Takes me a minute :)

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      EQR 7 years ago

      I did it and took me like 50 seconds and I'm 24 years old, so i guess i got the job in japan. Jajaja

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      dave 7 years ago

      6 minutes

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      nathan 7 years ago

      took me 48 seconds to solve..............this is pretty easy.......i solved a harder puzzle then this which took me ages........i mean ages around 6 minutes and i was told i have an iq of 140

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      nananana 7 years ago

      Yeah this game is in Chinese... NOT Japanese!

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      Jahanzeb 7 years ago

      it took me 11 mins easy but a little strategic i like it, it was great (another pakistani:)

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      R.ALI 7 years ago


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      farhaan sarang 7 years ago

      i did it in 2 minutes 47 secs...

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      fo rizzle 7 years ago

      chuck norris is the raft

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      Kori Kinkela 7 years ago

      i didn't need answers to solve this... In my global history class we did this for fun today as a group and i wanted to try it out myself, Its aggravating but fun all at the same time!! lol ^_^ yaay I played it a few times now. i'm trying to beat it faster and faster ^_^

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      Randomdudeguy 7 years ago

      Seriously took me 3 mins to solve...

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      Old timer 7 years ago

      I'm like 96 years old or something and I completed it in 25 seconds on the first go. I'm way better than all you youngsters on here stating your ages with a good score to boot. ;)

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      Lada 7 years ago

      53 second

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      zen 7 years ago

      took me 4 days to answer it. im better than u guys.

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      Nick 7 years ago

      Took me 3 to 4 mins guys

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      venku 7 years ago

      oh!.......its really amazing.......i took 4min......

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      Kiana 8 years ago

      Yeah, it's Chinese. And this took me around eight minutes. :D

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      CHARUL 8 years ago


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      raja209 8 years ago

      i did it within 5 minz....n really its v gud..skill test......

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      Mo 8 years ago

      Nice - i enjoyed - took me a while - but once i got the hang of it i did it again and it was quick.

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      Sarah-Jane 8 years ago

      it took me less then a minute.... im 13

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      nub 8 years ago

      yay i love this test n i do it like every day its super easy like thirty seconds my first try :3

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      pHANTOM 8 years ago

      i got ur time jimmy, i got 7 minutes

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      emily 8 years ago

      i hate to cheat lol and i still cant do it without looking at the answer :(

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      Melvin 8 years ago

      lol.. i used 1 minutes

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      Ice 8 years ago

      3 minutes really fun the key is the police man...

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      :) 8 years ago

      5minutes :)

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      linda@3smartcubes 9 years ago

      Wow it was fun solving this....although it took some time, but i solved it.....i think i can get a job in Japan...hehe!!

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      Dumb Guy 9 years ago

      I followed the answer did it right and still don't get how i did it.

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      coolone 9 years ago

      1. Policeman and thief across 2. Policeman back 3. Policeman and son across 4. Policeman and thief back 5. Father and son across 6. Father back 7. Father and Mother across 8. Mother back 9. Policeman and thief across 10. Father back 11. Father and Mother across 12. Mother back 13. Mother and daughter across 14. Policeman and thief back 15. Policeman and daughter across 16. Policeman back 17. Policeman and thief across!

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      Ali 9 years ago

      this iq test has been asked me at the time of interview and interviewer told i sold it in 9 min u hav 15 min to solve it then i stared to solving then i completed it in 12 min.

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      mee 9 years ago

      Cop and Thief cross Cop comes back Cop and Boy cross Cop and Thief come Back Dad and Boy cross Dad comes back Mom and Dad cross Mom comes back Cop and Thief Cross Dad comes back Mom and Dad cross Mom comes back Mom and girl cross Thief and Cop come back Cop and Girl cross Cop comes back Cop and Thief Cross


      I solved it in 2 minutes ^_^

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      Summer 9 years ago

      Will some one post how to do it cause i have no clue

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      andrew 9 years ago

      it took me 5 minutes

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      marilynn 9 years ago

      wow...this was a great test but i didn't keep track to how long it took me to figure it out. less than 10 minutes though.

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      Charlie 9 years ago

      I still cant do it!!

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      kim 9 years ago

      it took me about 1 only 14

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      tb 9 years ago

      it took my twenty minutes

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      bardots 10 years ago

      it seem catchy in the middle but i just continue with my strategy... then i gtot it!

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      it is kool took me about five min!

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      David Roberts 10 years ago

      Very good test I thought, took me about 3 minutes.

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      rock 10 years ago

      It is really an excellent test.

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      bleh 10 years ago

      its impossible

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      tera 10 years ago

      well i must be a crack head because i don't get it at all

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      Rachel - you are right! That script is written in Chinese.

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      Rachel 10 years ago

      This is a fun game but...

      I have a friend who is Japanese and she stated that the writing is Chinese. SOOO this game is a CHINESE IQ TEST.

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      carl 10 years ago

      what is the answer i can't get it

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      markion 10 years ago from London

      interesting game, took me 6 min

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      Kelly 11 years ago

      I did it in 42 seconds. Also, my dad is bigger than your dad.

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      JonB 11 years ago

      Great Fun! Took about 15 minutes (about 5 attempts) to complete.

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      filip 11 years ago

      5 minutes :-I

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      flotz 11 years ago

      this "test" is not japanese, more likely it is chinese. anyhow, it is fun 1:30

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      Kavitha 11 years ago

      This only took me about 2 minutes. Did you know that a 4th grader in japan has to take a harder test than this and has to do it in 2 and a half minutes. I am only 12.

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      des donnelly 11 years ago from NYC....

      see where I come from our first question would be how deep is it ? and then next - it looks jumpable... the very last option would be to work the raft...

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      IĆ°unn 11 years ago

      they have a version of this question on a quest in my rpg game. I might have, ahem, looked up the answer. I'm not un-bright, but I'm not patient either and I have moments of being incredibly lazy. hehe :o

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      vic 11 years ago

      This is fun! Thanks.

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      Jason Menayan 11 years ago from San Francisco

      you're twice as smart as me, jimmy ;-) good thing I'm not looking for a job in Japan!

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      James Paterson 11 years ago from Scotland

      wow this is tough took me about 9 mins.....jimmy


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