Analyzing a Question
When you take the IQ test, the site will determine 13 individual IQ scores for different mental abilities. The process of analyzing a question to produce these scores is quite complex.
If you order your Complete Intelligence Profile, you will be given a report of all these scores and what they mean for you as an achieving individual.
Each problem of the test has sub-problems, requiring you to use many mental skills. These sub-problems present various levels of challenge and require a variety of abilities, some of which are strongly challenged. If any sub-problem cannot be handled, an incorrect analysis will result.
All the problems of the test have been analyzed to determine the mental skills that are required to be used and how strongly those skills are challenged.
A Simple Analysis of a Statement
Consider this statement:
“Two chickens and four cats have a total of twenty two legs.”
You must utilize many skills to determine if this is a true or false statement. In part, they are:
- You must have general knowledge about the anatomy of chickens and cats.
- You must understand the rules of arithmetic to multiply two times two, four times four, and add sixteen plus four.
- You must algebraically understand that one unit of “chicken” equals two units of “legs” and one unit of “cat” equals four units of “legs.”
- Logically, you must realize that you must compare the sum of the animals’ legs to the number twenty two.
- You must hold partial sums in short term memory to facilitate the comparison of the sums.
- You may utilize visual apprehension to mentally picture the animals for easier assessment of the arithmetic operations.
- Your vocabulary must be used to give meaning to the words of the problem.
- If any of the words has an incorrect spelling, it could indicate that a completely different problem is being presented, or that a typographic error has occurred to invalidate the problem.
- You need to use all these skills in a very short space of time and so your computational speed necessarily has to be fast enough to allow for an answer to be determined within that short space of time.
- Finally, your intuition must determine if the statement has a common sense feel to it. Intuition must be used to scan for puns, meaning twisted by context, or any misleading aspects.
In all these ways, and in many additional ways not discussed, determining the truthfulness of a statement is an exceedingly complex series of mental events.