What do you consider to be a near genius level IQ?

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 6 years ago

    What do you consider to be a near genius level IQ?

  2. Woody Berk profile image79
    Woody Berkposted 6 years ago

    Probably 120.  Right now mines about 2... I have to go sleep :-)

  3. tom hellert profile image60
    tom hellertposted 6 years ago

    158 is near genius in my book sorry woody 120 is average to above average....That said, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test is the most common, and test scores usually range from 90 to 110. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the standard psychiatric reference, lists scores of 110 to 120 as "bright normal," 120 to 130 as "superior," and 130 and above as "very superior." One could reasonably equate "bright normal" with "smart," and "very superior" with "genius." modified fromhttp://wilderdom.com/intelligence/IQWhatScoresMean.html

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Very good, Tom!   II would say the same thing.   However, I want to interject that anywhere from 150-165 IQ is in the near genius range.    120 IQ is just above average, it is not even classified as a superior IQ.

  4. connorj profile image80
    connorjposted 6 years ago


    Well with regards to adults; I think one would have to say a general Intelligence Quotent (IQ) or mathematical-logical or verbal linguistic IQ of 130 +. Statistically speaking this represents the top 2% of adults world-wide. This is the cut-off for Gifted and I would conclude this would be near genius...

  5. OrangeBlobOValor profile image58
    OrangeBlobOValorposted 6 years ago

    I consider any who is able to do those really impossible sudoku puzzles a genius.

  6. Mazzy Bolero profile image76
    Mazzy Boleroposted 6 years ago

    It really isn't that important. 

    When you take any kind of test, to some extent what is being tested is the similarity of your thinking to that of the person who set the test. They will base the test on what their own idea of intelligence is. That is both personal and cultural.

    I took a MENSA IQ test once - and I got a good score, so this isn't sour grapes:) It was in some ways laughable.  For one thing, they asked for meanings of words out of context - something that in basic teacher training you are told never to do!  One was "perfect". This can be an adjective or a verb and in common usage the adj. means faultless or ideal but etymologically means "complete" from the Latin perfectare. Now I'm being so pompous here because the question was "What does this word mean?" and three of the options were a) faultless b) complete c) ideal.  So you have to guess what the examiner was thinking. 

    A lot of the questions were similar to this, in that they had several potentially correct answers, which all could have a logical basis. 

    Timed 2-minute tests had the instructions on the same page as the questions, so while the invigilator was reading out the fairly unnecessary and lengthy instructions, people were working out the answers. 

    The final nail in the coffin of its credibility was when the invigilator announced that the next questions had no instructions, because they were aimed at those whose first language was not English.  Well, very nice - until she then started reading out a sheet of instructions - in English!  After that I could only see the funny side.

    An IQ test is a fun way of finding out if you can do pointless little puzzles. Real life requires a much more thorough kind of understanding.

    1. Mazzy Bolero profile image76
      Mazzy Boleroposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, gmwilliams

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    Garifaliaposted 6 years ago

    My grandmother, Garifalia, was uneducated as was my grandfather Odysseus. Each however, were intelligent enough to be clever in their relationships and economy. My grandfather was a farmer by profession, but went to Athens at some time and worked as a shoe shine boy. He made enough money to buy one of the wealthiest areas in Athens? Did he? No, he opted to immigrate to New York and lose a great deal during the crash of '29. The rest he lost in WW2. I don't think any IQ could have predicted that outcome. Sometimes IQs are measured by a person's ingenuity and innovation.

  8. DS Duby profile image91
    DS Dubyposted 6 years ago

    140 is considered a genius on some tests and others require a higher score but it is a rather useless scale in today's world thanks to technology being so user friendly. Now even dummies can be geniuses.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      140 is considered to be in the gifted range.   150 up to 165 is in the near genius range and anything above 165 is a genius IQ.

    2. DS Duby profile image91
      DS Dubyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's funny that you say that because after googling this question I got many different answers including yours, yours is probably more accurate though

  9. profile image0
    danielabramposted 6 years ago

    Anything above 140. The max is 160. There is no distinctive difference for people with IQs between 140 and 160

  10. Matthew Weese profile image73
    Matthew Weeseposted 6 years ago

    I dont think IQ is indicative of genius. Many problems have been identified with this test. Most institutions dont even consider it any more.

  11. Icematikx profile image61
    Icematikxposted 6 years ago

    I would say 160+ is considered fairly intelligent in my books!

  12. bubba-math profile image60
    bubba-mathposted 6 years ago

    My doctor told me it would be a waste of money to take an IQ test since I could read my IQ right off the thermostat.  As such, I consider anyone with an IQ above room temperature to be a genius.

    1. profile image0
      Garifaliaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      After reading this answer, I'm definitely going to read your articles. Such a clever answer.


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