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IQ and the funny smart business

January 28, 2010

IQ and the idea of a genius.

A month ago I took a formal IQ test, wondering of course, if I could join Mensa.

I received the results from this IQ test today.

It stated that I had an overall IQ of 136.

Now, I had no idea how IQs were rated so I decided to do a little research, like I always seem to be doing.

This is what I’ve found:

Lewis Terman (1916) developed the original notion of IQ and proposed this scale for classifying IQ scores:

  • Over 140 – Genius or near genius
  • 120 – 140 – Very superior intelligence
  • 110 – 119 – Superior intelligence
  • 90 – 109 – Normal or average intelligence
  • 80 – 89 – Dullness
  • 70 – 79 – Borderline deficiency
  • Under 70 – Definite feeble-mindedness

Genius IQ is generally considered to begin around 140 to 145, representing ~.25% of the population (1 in 400).  Here’s a rough guide:

  • 115-124 – Above average (e.g., university students)
  • 125-134 – Gifted (e.g., post-graduate students)
  • 135-144 – Highly gifted (e.g., intellectuals)
  • 145-154 – Genius (e.g., professors)
  • 155-164 – Genius (e.g., Nobel Prize winners)
  • 165-179 – High genius
  • 180-200 – Highest genius
  • >200 – ‘Unmeasurable genius'”

Now considering they stated that my IQ was 136, that would deem me to have “very superior intelligence” or “highly gifted (e.g., intellectuals)” but for some reason I don’t believe it.

I know I’ve got something about me, but I always thought more on my creativity and charisma than on my apparent ‘smarts’.

It’s a stupid, not-really-in-my-right-mind-post but for some reason the number 136 is now very unsettling.

– Cal.

P.S. Wondering where those numbers came from? Look here:
http://wilderdom.com/intelligence/IQWhatScoresMean.html

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