IQ Test Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the World Wide IQ Test

IQ, short for “Intelligence Quotient”, is a score that is considered to measure one or more aspects of human intelligence. Human intelligence encompasses many different types of knowledge, skills, and abilities that underlie our capacity to effectively navigate and make sense of the world around us, as well as to solve a wide range of problems. No single score can fully capture all aspects of human intelligence; however, scientists have developed very good methods for accurately and precisely estimating fundamental aspects of human intelligence, such as an individual’s ability to reason and think logically, process sensory information, solve mathematics problems, read and comprehend texts, etc. Numerous research studies have also shown that IQ measures can be good predictors of success in academic and workforce settings, and useful for diagnosing learning disabilities.

Human intelligence is, by its very nature, an abstract concept, and, therefore, it can only be defined in relative terms. That is, there is no universally-accepted definition or absolute standard for human intelligence. IQ scores, therefore, are designed to provide a means of comparing an individual’s mental abilities in relation to the general population, or to a specific segment of the general population (e.g., one’s age group). Typically, IQ scores are standardized such that a score of 100 represents the average score for a population and approximately two-thirds of the entire population receive scores ranging from 85 to 115. The remaining third of the population have IQs that are well above or below the population average.

It is important to emphasize that while IQ scores can provide a good measure of an individual’s intellectual abilities, they are far from perfect. For instance, a person may be distracted or tired when taking an IQ test and receive scores that underestimate his true abilities. Traditional IQ scores may also not be good indicators of social and emotional learning skills, such as how well individuals perform in social settings or manage their emotions.

IQ is typically measured using tests designed to assess one or more aspects of an individual’s intelligence. These aspects may include mental abilities such as reasoning and logical thinking, visuospatial reasoning, short-term or working memory, quantitative reasoning, or verbal knowledge and reasoning.

IQ tests can be administered by computer, in pencil and paper formats, or one-on-one by a professional psychologist, and may take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to complete, depending on the types of knowledge, skills, and abilities being evaluated.

The World Wide IQ Test is administered completely online and is currently designed to measure key aspects of an individual’s general “fluid intelligence”. Fluid Intelligence refers to a broad set of mental abilities that require little or no prior learning or experience. These include solving abstract reasoning problems or recognizing logical patterns or relations among shapes, numbers, or letters. They are so-called “fluid” abilities in the sense that they are considered to “flow into” or support a wide range of other intellectual abilities. Individuals who are high in fluid intelligence tend to perform well in academic and work environments, especially under conditions characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity, and time pressure.

After completing an IQ test, your answers are graded and converted to standardized scale scores that allow you to compare your performance to others who completed the same test under similar conditions.

In the case of the World Wide IQ Test, your test results may be compared to those of thousands of adults from around the world who already completed the test. As with most IQ tests, scores from the World Wide IQ test are standardized such that a score of 100 represents the average score for the population of adults worldwide who completed the test and approximately two-thirds of this entire population receive scores ranging from 85 to 115.

The remaining third of the population have IQs that are well above or below the population average. The chart below shows IQ scores along with their corresponding percentile ranges in the population.

IQ Scale Percentile Range
Above 130 99
116 – 130 68 – 98
101 – 115 51 – 67
100 50
85 – 99 33 – 49
70 – 84 2 – 32
Below 70 1

A large number of research studies indicate an individual’s cognitive abilities are not fixed and change substantially throughout the life span. On the one hand, individuals constantly acquire new, progressively advanced forms of knowledge and intellectual skills throughout childhood and young adulthood.

On the other hand, some mental abilities such as sensory information processing speed and short-term memory tend to decline throughout middle and older adulthood. Recent cognitive neuroscience studies have demonstrated that the adult brain is much more capable of recovering from injury and acquiring new knowledge and skills than previously believed, which suggest that training programs and interventions that are designed to improve particular cognitive skills may be beneficial.

The World Wide IQ Test currently provides individuals with feedback on several visuospatial and quantitative reasoning skills, helping them to identify areas where they may benefit the most from targeted training.

Do you like mental challenges? Do you like puzzles? Would you like to learn more about yourself? If the answer is yes, then The World Wide IQ Test is right for you.

The World Wide IQ Test presents you with a short series of fun, challenging problems that are designed to test your fluid intelligence abilities and provide you with accurate, precise IQ scores. You can take the test online privately on any mobile device or desktop computer at the time and place of your choosing in a relaxed setting.

Our score reports will tell you how your abilities compare to thousands of others from all over the world and help you identify particular areas for further development. If you are planning to take intelligence tests when applying to schools or jobs, the World Wide IQ Test can provide you with useful practice trying to solve similar types of problems and feedback to help you better prepare for those tests.