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October 27, 2003 7:20 AM   Subscribe

"Check out the big brain on Brett!"... A visual IQ test.
posted by crunchland (79 comments total)

 
128... I'm a goddamn genius and I just guessed the last quarter or so.
posted by Robot Johnny at 7:52 AM on October 27, 2003


113... same experience as Robot Johnny on the last quarter.
posted by Irontom at 8:03 AM on October 27, 2003


128...tough stuff.
posted by jpoulos at 8:04 AM on October 27, 2003


128... No guessing, except an educated one on the last.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:06 AM on October 27, 2003


126... now my head hurts.
posted by vraxoin at 8:07 AM on October 27, 2003


104... I suppose I am bad at guessing... I swear I got 130 on the traditional IQ test! (the one in which you have a puzzle that once solved shows the figure of a very big mammal...)
posted by samelborp at 8:12 AM on October 27, 2003


128 too. I hate these sorts of things. Now I'll be seeing patterns all day.
posted by DragonBoy at 8:17 AM on October 27, 2003


Crunchland - thanks for the namecheck!
posted by brettski at 8:19 AM on October 27, 2003


Metafilter: Am I højt or not?
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:20 AM on October 27, 2003


126...with a couple phone calls in the middle...and some guessing.
posted by notsnot at 8:22 AM on October 27, 2003


119.

Ow. The questions were not too painful, but the twitching bits in the background were starting to get to me.
posted by grabbingsand at 8:23 AM on October 27, 2003


133. I tend to stay in the mid-130's on these web IQ tests.

8)
posted by Cerebus at 8:26 AM on October 27, 2003


130. Go me, or something.

Did anybody figure out what the hell was going on on Nos. 36 & 37? I ended up just giving up on them...
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:26 AM on October 27, 2003


85! Time for me to make another MeFi front page post.
posted by milnak at 8:31 AM on October 27, 2003


Okay, what was with the animated buttock-looking things in the background. At first I thought it was my imagination.... or is it?
posted by zsazsa at 8:33 AM on October 27, 2003


It's a neuron.
posted by Cerebus at 8:37 AM on October 27, 2003


113, and I guessed on most of the last quarter too.
posted by greengrl at 8:38 AM on October 27, 2003


113 makes me slightly above average in denmark,I think, but seeming a bit below on the 'filter. I noticed the movement in the background as well, zsazsa...
posted by daver at 8:45 AM on October 27, 2003


I got a 121, but it took me like ten minutes to figure out how to make it give me a score so I think I should have to deduct some points.
posted by jennyb at 8:45 AM on October 27, 2003


Got bored and gave up an number 9.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 8:46 AM on October 27, 2003


123. I feel dumm. Only flat-out guessed on the third-to-last one (or was it second-to-last). Had about 10 minutes to spare at the end--I wonder if it takes time into account? There's a BBC IQ test that gives you limited time for each response.
posted by adamrice at 8:48 AM on October 27, 2003


I scored 130.

In truth, this isn't a test of IQ (which I view as "ability to learn new things") as much as pattern recognition. But some of those patterns are tough to recognize!
posted by Lafe at 8:50 AM on October 27, 2003


zsazsa, the buttock-looking things at that site were not animated, but don't be discouraged; there really are animated buttock-looking things almost eveywhere else in the world, and it's not your imagination.
posted by taz at 8:52 AM on October 27, 2003


130. Now if only I could read whatever language this is. :)
posted by woil at 8:55 AM on October 27, 2003


Pattern recognition and spatial reasoning are tightly correlated with IQ.

For whatever that's worth.

Personally I don't put much stock in it. I score high on these things, but I can't invent new recipes like my wife no matter how much I try, nor can single-handedly build an addition to a house (including AC & plumbing) like my father-in-law.
posted by Cerebus at 9:00 AM on October 27, 2003


I'd characterize general intelligence (which is what IQ is intended to measure) as "ability to deal with complexity," rather than "ability to learn new things."
posted by kindall at 9:04 AM on October 27, 2003


I swear I saw the buttock thing move.
posted by TimeFactor at 9:05 AM on October 27, 2003


128. Fun little test but definitely unidimensional, as Lafe points out.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:05 AM on October 27, 2003


133. If anyone has answers to the last 3 I'd like to see them.

The answer to #36:
The white spaces are filler, ignore them.
Each section has a 3-block single color tower, a 2-block tower, and a single block.
In every section the colors cycle in the same order: black->dark gray->light gray.

In the sections on the board there are
these 3 block towers: 2 black, 3 dark, 3 light
these 2 block towers: 3 black, 2 dark, 3 light
these single blocks: 3 black, 3 dark, 2 light

So the last section has a black 3 block tower, a dark gray 2 block tower, a light single block, and cycles in the correct order. So it's F.
posted by donth at 9:10 AM on October 27, 2003


135
posted by PenDevil at 9:16 AM on October 27, 2003


Metafilter: I swear I saw the buttock thing move.
posted by jpoulos at 12:04 PM on October 27, 2003


37
posted by quonsar at 12:06 PM on October 27, 2003


Cerebus - cook and handyman are skills, not intelligence. The capacity to learn is intelligence. The test measures how quickly you can learn the patterns. Generally if you have excelled at one thing in life (programming, cooking, handyman) it's a sign of intelligence to learn and could do well at many things if you wanted.
posted by stbalbach at 12:18 PM on October 27, 2003


149. What a load of crap.
posted by schlaager at 12:33 PM on October 27, 2003


121. My final choices towards the end were only doable by hitting the button during split second moments of confidence in my anwers.
posted by thirteen at 12:36 PM on October 27, 2003


133 for me. Doesn't seem like large enough of a sample of items, as far as tests of this kind go. But tough stuff anyway.

I guessed on two of the last ones, but overall I'm pleased with my score on an intelligence test that I took while simultaneously pretending to be hard at work in my cubicle.
posted by Prospero at 12:45 PM on October 27, 2003


Being a chef requires a creative talent I do not possess. Being a carpenter requires a kind of spatial sense and manual talent I also do not possess. No matter how much I learn or how hard I try I'll never be Wolfgang Puck. Or Norm Abram.

This test (and others like it-- I've taken several, including a section of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) measures a particular ability to recognize patterns and to apply a certain amount of reasoning about those patterns. That's all. That this metric is correlated with IQ points not to its usefulness as a measure of intelligence, but rather to the fact that IQ is measuring only a similarly limited aspect of intelligence.

IMHO.
posted by Cerebus at 12:59 PM on October 27, 2003


123.

But I'm better than everyone else because of other reasons.
posted by Blue Stone at 1:00 PM on October 27, 2003


196,546,578,951

MWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!
posted by scarabic at 1:42 PM on October 27, 2003


123, but I always do well on multiple choice*g*
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 1:44 PM on October 27, 2003


i won't finish this unless there's a prize in it
posted by muckster at 1:45 PM on October 27, 2003


Muckster, isn't bragging rights enough of a prize?

I got 111. Not enough to brag about, but at least I'm on the right side of the bell curve!
posted by aacheson at 2:02 PM on October 27, 2003


The BACKGROUND MOVES.
posted by Keyser Soze at 2:09 PM on October 27, 2003


128. Hmm... there seems to be a pattern here.
posted by bonehead at 2:14 PM on October 27, 2003


111. On regular IQ tests, I usually score around 140, but since it's mostly verbal skills that get me that high, it's not surprising that I would score lower on something totally non-verbal.
posted by Shoeburyness at 2:16 PM on October 27, 2003


Oh god, what if the terrorists got a hold of this?
posted by Keyser Soze at 2:21 PM on October 27, 2003


*desperately tries to slide the IQ ball to the right*
*cries*
posted by elwoodwiles at 2:21 PM on October 27, 2003


I scored a 135, but I'm confused as hell on numbers 34, 37 and 39. Anyone want to ruin the fun and help me out?

And I must say number 35 made me giggle a bit when I got it.
posted by krakedhalo at 2:25 PM on October 27, 2003


124. But I guessed blindly at the last 15 because, well, I have no mental stamina. Also they were getting hard.

The background? But it does move.
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:23 PM on October 27, 2003


Wow...answering "C" on all them gets you a 79...
posted by aaronscool at 3:32 PM on October 27, 2003


118, ... i finished with 27minutes to go... wonder if that lowered my score

**tries to believe**
posted by knapah at 3:55 PM on October 27, 2003


128, despite the phallo-anal neuron background.
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 3:57 PM on October 27, 2003


Another 128. Didn't realise I was being timed till the last few, and finished with 20 minutes on the clock.
posted by Hogshead at 4:14 PM on October 27, 2003


128! I'm... (mefi-)average?
posted by evinrude at 4:24 PM on October 27, 2003


Wow...answering "C" on all them gets you a 79...

'send'ing a blank tests gets a 79. so does choosing an answer at random for each question. i'm suspicious.
posted by kjh at 4:28 PM on October 27, 2003


37 was tough. The spots are advancing with each "frame": across each row right to left and top to bottom. When a spot advances to a black square, it isn't shown and it changes color in the next frame.

Thus the answer is H.

31, 34, and 39 are still giving me fits though. 8)
posted by Cerebus at 4:30 PM on October 27, 2003


31, 34, and 39 are still giving me fits though. 8)

31--hard to put into words, but I'll try.

In each row of three, the first image provides instructions for the manipulation of the second image, in order to construct the third.

Each image has four sides--north, south, east, west. Imagine overlaying the first image in the row over the second. Now check each of the four sides of the first image.

If the side of the first image that you're checking is a straight line, then flip the side of the second image over the axis defined by the line. If the side of the first image is curved, then do nothing.

The correct answer is D.

34 and 39 I don't have a clue about--for 34 I eliminated B, C, and H, and guessed.
posted by Prospero at 5:00 PM on October 27, 2003


104. And I didn't answer any after the first 60% or so (grew bored).
posted by obfusciatrist at 5:00 PM on October 27, 2003


123. Dammit!
posted by litlnemo at 5:23 PM on October 27, 2003


109, and I thought I was better at finding patterns. shows what I know :(
posted by evening at 5:29 PM on October 27, 2003


130. I'd like to say I got bored and skipped the last few, but the truth is they just looked so hard that I guessed.

Judging by the scores here, something tells me 100 isn't average.
posted by Samsonov14 at 5:47 PM on October 27, 2003


ah ha! 34 is a curse no longer. Think addition and subtraction of dots.

Dots on the inside are positive, dots on the outside are negative (I suppose there's no reason that couldn't be switched, but anyhow.) Position of the dots within the circle doesn't matter.

Thus across the first line we have 1 + 1 = 2. The second line gives 1 - 3 = -2. The third line (or column, works out the same) then gives 2-2 = 0 and the answer is the blank circle G.
posted by krakedhalo at 5:49 PM on October 27, 2003


If you enjoy this, there are a bunch of tests at the International High IQ Society you might have fun playing with.

If your score is high enough they try to sell you a membership, but you can just skip that. You don't have to give any information to take the tests.

They have one, "Test for Exceptional Intelligence," which is outrageously hard.
posted by litlnemo at 5:59 PM on October 27, 2003


I got 132. But I was pretty quick off the mark for the early ones. I started to get bored towards then end. 36 was the one I spent the most time on, and I got the same answer as donth...
posted by sycophant at 6:13 PM on October 27, 2003


I rushed through and got a 126 and a headache. OK.
posted by redshifter at 6:14 PM on October 27, 2003


I got a 126, but you have to factor in the fact that I was exposed to soot and ash all this morning.
posted by rschram at 6:26 PM on October 27, 2003


Oh yeah litlnemo, that felt much more like an IQ test - I did the 12 minute one and got 136. I am gifted!
posted by sycophant at 6:39 PM on October 27, 2003


109. Just barely above average. Story of my life.
posted by ZachsMind at 6:46 PM on October 27, 2003


I got 115 but please take into account that a) I'm drunk, b) I had the page open in a background tab for at least 10 minutes before I got around to starting the test, and c) I was simultaneously chatting to a couple of women on a dating site.

OK enough excuses - maybe I'll try it again under better circumstances!
posted by cbrody at 6:49 PM on October 27, 2003


if anyone is working on the last question, the solution is B.
posted by donth at 7:03 PM on October 27, 2003


Okay, I think I solved 39. It took me well over 40 minutes, and it's largely a matter of trying out every possible rule and seeing if it works.

Read the boards in rows. Label the elements of any board as 1 through 9, 1 being the top left, 2 being the middle top, 9 being the bottom right.

To find element x of the third board in a row, choose one of X/O/Triangle that is not in either x-2 of the first board or x-1 of the second board. And it loops around, so to find element 1, take the element that's not in 8 in the first board and not in 9 in the second board.
posted by donth at 7:22 PM on October 27, 2003


162, guessed on 'em all.
posted by pemulis at 8:31 PM on October 27, 2003


Stupid smart people think you're soooo smart. I bet you wouldn't be so smart without your brains!

123, which I guess means adamrice, Blue Stone, litlnemo, Wong Fei-Hung and I all get to form some kind of club.
posted by arto at 11:46 PM on October 27, 2003


These are the sort of 'culture nutral' tests that are designed not to favour people who grew up in the western world - mainly by using right-to-left, bottom-to-top and diagonal directions for change in addition to the western left-to-right, top-down direction.

Unfortunately, it's not that simple - people growing up without a writing system based on a linear direction that wraps around at the end of the line is pretty much boned, for example.

132, btw.
posted by spazzm at 9:19 AM on October 28, 2003


130, but now my head hurts, and I was talking on the phone while trying to figure them out.
posted by rich at 10:42 AM on October 28, 2003


130, because I would never admit getting lower than the average. And you're right, that little ball is not a slider.
posted by mecran01 at 1:09 PM on October 28, 2003


119. sobs.
posted by seanyboy at 1:27 PM on October 28, 2003


135, guessed on the last three. Here's an alternate explanation for 31 (gives the same ultimate answer as Prospero's explanation, i.e., D, but is perhaps a bit easier to understand):

Across each row, the top and bottom of the figure stays the same. First row: flat top and bottom. Second row: top and bottom bulge inwards. Third row: top and bottom bulge outwards.

Down each column, the left and right sides stay the same. First column: sides flat. Second column: sides inward. Third column: sides outward.

On 21, did anyone else think it was an awfully close call between B and G? I picked G, which is apparently correct, but I think a case could be made for either one.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:51 PM on October 28, 2003


138.
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posted by aws17576 at 9:51 PM on October 28, 2003


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