Analyzing a Question

When you take the IQ test, the site will determine 13 individual IQ scores for different mental abilities.

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:

  1. You must have general knowledge about the anatomy of chickens and cats.
  2. You must understand the rules of arithmetic to multiply two times two, four times four, and add sixteen plus four.
  3. You must algebraically understand that one unit of “chicken” equals two units of “legs” and one unit of “cat” equals four units of “legs.”
  4. Logically, you must realize that you must compare the sum of the animals’ legs to the number twenty two.
  5. You must hold partial sums in short term memory to facilitate the comparison of the sums.
  6. You may utilize visual apprehension to mentally picture the animals for easier assessment of the arithmetic operations.
  7. Your vocabulary must be used to give meaning to the words of the problem.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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What Is an IQ?


Originally, intelligence testing was used to detect children of lower intelligence in order to place them in special education programs. The first IQ tests were designed to compare a child’s intelligence to what his or her intelligence “should be” as compared to the child’s age. If the child was significantly smarter than a normal child of his or her age, the child was given a higher score, and if the child scored lower than expected for a child of his or her age, the child was given a lower IQ score.

This method of determining mental age doesn’t work too well when testing adults, and today, we attempt to write tests that will determine an person’s true mental potential, unbiased by culture, and compare their scores to the scores of others who have taken the same test.

So, we compare a person’s objective results to the objective results of other people, and determine how intelligent each test taker is compared to all other test takers, instead of comparing test takers to an arbitrary age related standard.

Standard Deviation:

The first step to understanding IQ testing is to understand standard deviation.

To understand this concept, it can help to learn about what statisticians call normal distribution of data.

A normal distribution of data means that most of the examples in a set of data are close to the average, while relatively few examples tend to one extreme or the other.

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History of Intelligence Testing

Among the first to investigate individual differences in mental ability was a British scientist, Sir Francis Galton, who compared people based on their awards and accomplishments. This research convinced him that intelligence was inherited and led to further studies which involved evaluating individual differences in reaction time and the range and specificity of the senses, which have since been shown to correlate with academic success.

A French psychologist, Alfred Binet, developed a test to accurately predict academic success when the French government asked him to help them determine which children in the public schools would have difficulty with formal education. He, and his colleague, Theodore Simon, found that tests of practical knowledge, memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and problem solving were better predictors of school success than the sensory tests used by Galton. Subjects were asked to perform simple commands and gestures, repeat spoken numbers, name objects in pictures, define common words, tell how two objects are different, and define abstract terms. Similar items are used in today`s intelligence tests.

Assuming that children all follow the same pattern of development but develop at different rates, Binet and Simon created the concept of mental age, whereby, for example, a child of any age who scored as well as an average twelve-year-old was said to have a mental age of twelve.

Binet’s test was not widely used in France, but Henry Goddard, director of a school for mentally challenged students, brought it to the United States, translated it into English, and used it to test people for mental retardation.

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What Is the Complete Intelligence Profile?

When you take the IQ Test, you will receive a General Score for free. That score gives you the big picture.

However, should you wish to obtain an in depth report–the details–then you might be interested in your Complete Intelligence Profile, a wide spectrum thirteen-part analysis of your performance that is available for $14.95. With your Complete Intelligence Profile, you will receive a graph and complete written explanations regarding your scores in each of the test’s 13 individual areas of intelligence.

This full report is available to anyone who takes the IQ Test.

Our test measures 13 mental abilities, and separate scores for each are computed. These abilities are:


Visual Vocabulary Spatial
Arithmetic Logical General Knowledge
Spelling Rote Utilization Intuition
Short Term Memory Geometric Algebraic
Computational Speed


These separate scores are statistically analyzed, and from them an Intelligence Quotient is computed for each catagory.

You will benefit from knowing, in depth, the various scores of your specific mental abilities. Those abilities in which you score far higher than your general IQ may indicate that you have special talents. These talents could indicate career directions.

Also, abilities in which you score lower than your general IQ may indicate aspects of your mental processing that should be considered if certain challenges are to be successfully handled. For instance, a person with a poor spelling quotient may find that he or she is able to compensate for it through study and practice.

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