IQ Test Guidelines

With so many IQ tests out there, it unfortunately becomes the case that not all IQ tests are accurate, both in their format of testing and in the results. There are many factors which determine the IQ score, but in essence, the IQ testing procedure is a very subjective form of intelligence testing. Below you will find some themes which reveal the misconceptions which evolve around IQ tests.

1. Don't judge an IQ test by its name.

Just because the test says its designed "for high IQ individuals", "a test for genius" etc does not necessarily mean that this is the case at all. Also, it might be pleasing to know that you have scored high in an IQ test, but it does not mean the results are valid at all. Many IQ tests are created by non-professionals who do not have a proper or clear understanding as to how IQ scoring operates.

2. Don't judge your IQ simply on the results of one test.

Every IQ test examines its subjects in a slightly different way. Some may be more biased towards particular areas of intelligence such as spatial or grammatical ability. Other tests are less accurate at the higher IQ levels, or do not take into account the situation where difficult questions are answered correctly.

3. Be aware of the target audience for the IQ test.

If the IQ test is tailored towards the general public, it is likely that it will be inaccurate for higher levels of intelligence. This is because the average IQ lies within the 95-105 mark, so most general tests will aim to test your IQ with accurate measurements for the averages in mind.

4. Tests which tend to test multiple areas will tend be more accurate.

Since there are many areas that compose our intelligence, it is only natural that a good IQ test is also able to discriminate and test multiple areas of intelligence. Such a test would include grammatical, logical, spatial, auditory, co-ordination, perspectival and stationary intelligence measures.

5. Do not expect your scores to be accurate if you take the test more than once.

This goes without saying, but some people like to believe that their IQ is sky high, even when they have taken an IQ test multiple times to artificially boost the score. The best method is to drop your ego and find out how high your IQ is. In actual fact, it doesn't matter what your IQ is, because you can become a genius nevertheless. Your starting IQ is only your starting point towards intelligence gains, and so a lower than expected IQ is definitely not a limiting barrier at all.

What To Expect

These guidelines will help you to recognise the limitations and strengths in the IQ test. You will therefore be able to interpret their results more accurately to determine your current IQ level.

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