View Poll Results: What is your IQ (Stanford-Binet Scale)
Don't know/Can't remember 84 26.67%
60-69 11 3.49%
70-79 1 0.32%
80-89 1 0.32%
90-99 2 0.63%
100-109 4 1.27%
110-119 3 0.95%
120-129 40 12.70%
130-139 68 21.59%
140+ 101 32.06%
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:03 AM
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What is your IQ?


It's simple: A voluntary response survey of Dopers' IQs. .
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:14 AM
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Formal testing for the gifted and talented program when it was first started when I was in Jr High resulted in 129. Later semiformal testing for Mensa scored a 135. Split the difference at 132.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:17 AM
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Sadly, I've never had anywhere near formal testing. But all the online tests I've found (which are close enough, I'm sure) assure me that I hover between 130-135. I'm sure that's an entirely reliable number.
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Formal testing for the gifted and talented program when it was first started when I was in Jr High resulted in 129. Later semiformal testing for Mensa scored a 135. Split the difference at 132.
Drats. You should have used your 129 and gave the change to the poor Doper with a IQ in the 60-69 range.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:25 AM
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Cheated slightly... Took the test in just about the most comfortable possible circumstances: no pressure, for fun, administered by a test operator who was a close personal friend. (A formally trained and licensed test administrator, I hasten to add.) Still, a comfy environment is certainly going to help boost the number.
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When I took the Mensa tests in 1991, they gave 2 different tests. I scored 138 on one and 151 on the other.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:06 AM
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:56 AM
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When I went to a psychologist, in a passing comment, I mentioned that one of those stupid online tests, I scored 115. He said that he thought that mine would be higher than that, but I'm not quite sure I'd believe him.
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According to this online test, 200. I'm still waiting for my free iPad though.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:19 AM
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My IQ is 238. This guy told me so.
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Just shy of seven inches... Ooops, wrong thread, but what with the tone of the thread, it's an easy mistake to make.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:19 AM
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I got tested when I was 11, and it was 143. Got tested again at age 25 in grad school and again it came up 143.
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Four foot six
That is a long time.




If I was ever tested in school I was never told the results. So I voted don't know.
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I'm not going to report my score, but I will say this: I took the Weschler as a favor for a friend. It was kind of a neat experience. My performance in the coding section dragged down my overall score. My favorite part was making shapes out of blocks. (Apparently I haven't changed much since kindergarten.) It was mentally exhausting though, and it was really obvious how biased the test was toward Western/European culture.
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Never been officially tested, but my brother has and he is way smarter than me (MD/PhD, high school valedictorian, 3.98 college GPA with little effort, his top 20 grad school was full of people who did undergrad at MIT, Caltech, Harvard, etc). His wife is a teacher who had some official tests and he scored about 130. That surprised me, I figured he would've been 150 or so.

So if he is 130, I'm probably 115. I have no idea though. I struggled to maintain a B average in undergrad, so I would be 110-120, I'd assume.

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Just shy of seven inches... Ooops, wrong thread,
Call yourself a Doper? That's not even 95th percentile!

(seriously, you beat me to it)
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I'm embarrassed to admit that I still remember my SAT score from 1971. According to this site, my IQ is higher than I expected it to be. Finding this out has caused some pretty weird feelings in me, primarily that I've been an under-achiever my whole adult life. Wow, I feel weird.
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Even if you say ""Stanford Binet scale" you are talking about several different scales. What adds to the confusion is that the numbers resemble each other: both have 100 as average, and above 120 as gifted.

But the "academically-and-beyond-gifted"" (and that is the range Dopers and most IQ-fans are interested in) score about 125-130 on the one scale, and 140-160 on the other. The difference is due to how that particular test deals with standard deviation in the comparison group.

Percentiles are supposed to have dealt with this issue, so they are more reliable, even in bragging contest.

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Your IQ score indicates how you have performed on an IQ test in comparison with a norm group. For example with a Dutch IQ test, the Dutch or the Dutch work force could be the norm group. If you take an IQ test on an American site, your IQ score most likely will be the result of a comparison with Americans.

The norm group with which your test score is compared, has an average score of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. A standard deviation is a measure of the spread, in this case of the IQ score. If the standard deviation is 15, 68 percent of the norm group scores between 85 (100 minus 15) and 115 (100 plus 15). In other words: 68 percent of the norm group has a score within one standard deviation of the average (100).

In addition, 95 percent of the norm group has an IQ score within two standard deviations of the average. Thus 95 percent of the norm group, for example the Dutch, scores between 70 (100 minus 30) and 130 (100 plus 30). Only 2.5% of the norm group will achieve a score above 130. Purely on the basis of chance and given the fact that the Netherlands has a population of 16 million, it is likely that there are no more than 25 people with an IQ of 170. A person with an IQ of 180 is likely to be the only one in the Netherlands (17 million people). Only 4 out of 1000 people have an IQ of 140 or higher.

However, with a lot IQ tests on the Internet it is relatively easy to achieve a score higher than 130. These tests often have another purpose, for example gathering marketing information.
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When I took the Mensa tests in 1991, they gave 2 different tests. I scored 138 on one and 151 on the other.
The underlined part is extremely important. Without knowing which scale is being used, the numbers are as meaningless as a temperature of "32" - are we freezing, already frozen, or hottish?
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After three bourbons, 140+.

After four bourbons, < 60.
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Shouldn't the options have been more like

110 or under
111-150
151-200
Broke the meter

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Don't you understand where you're posting this poll?
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:05 AM
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I scored fairly high but that's not surprising since I've always been a bit more conceptual than practical.

I'd like to see a more comprehensive and useful test that measures the various other intelligences - emotional, kin esthetic, musical, etc.

I'm also a bit curious about whether there is a sort of law of conservation of intelligence - becoming proficient in some new area will or will not decrease proficiencies in old areas.
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So high that cannot be measured.
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I scored 148 on a standard IQ test in junior high, and 158 on an Internet one.

Mostly cause I got one bitching memory.

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They wouldn't tell us back when I was in school, but we sort of knew how "smart" we were by which 7th grade class we were placed in. The homerooms were designated by a 7 followed by a letter of the alphabet. 7A had all the braniacs, and everybody knew it. I was in 7B, which had a lot of smart kids. The rest were rabble, for all I know. All I know for sure is that my IQ is larger than my hat size.
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I took one in utero, so it was hard to see the paper, but I still scored a fat 91. That's an A-. I'll take it.
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We're all so above average here!

My IQ (which is disgustingly high) never brought me long-term happiness. By itself, the ability to do well on standardized tests isn't worth much where the rubber meets the road.

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By itself, the ability to do well on standardized tests isn't worth much where the rubber meets the road.
Road ... is that an allusion to something else ... some anatomical part of a human?
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I picked 140+ just to be a jerk and show that these polls mean, essentially, nothing. But to not be a jerk: basically when I took one way back when I tested just slightly above average. I'm not ashamed to admit it, and I think it's kind of crazy how many super-geniuses we supposedly have on the Dope, talking at one, reading at age 3, etc. I will point out that I am very, very happy, and my life is fulfilling and exciting.
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I haven't seen the actual number, but my mother has told me I have a "genius" IQ of around 140; I took the test when I was 11. Which I guess explains my knowledge in different areas, including my hobbies (building electronic circuits almost entirely from scratch; even in the cases where I use a circuit that I saw in a book or online, I often tweak it, even more so for the programming I do (which of course has to be custom-written when you use your own hardware); both of these were entirely self-taught). Also, in high school, I was accepted into a magnet school (more specialized courses in your area of interest) for the last two years.
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Good to see that so far no one is average.
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I don't think the results are all that surprising. There's not much content here for people who are into NASCAR, Budweiser and pro wrestling.

Apologies to dopers who are into NASCAR, Budweiser and pro wrestling.
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Never took an IQ test to my knowledge, but according to my SAT scores, my IQ is disgustingly high. I think it just means I'm good at standardized tests.
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By itself, the ability to do well on standardized tests isn't worth much where the rubber meets the road.
I pretty much got into and through school on my freakishly good ability on standardized tests - which I agree, has little to do with anything other than one's ability to do well on standardized tests.

But a quarter century out of law school, I can't imagine much I would like less than to take a standardized test right now. I don't think I have gotten too terribly much stupider than I was in my teens and twenties - but at times I wonder what I would score these days on formal testing. Would there be a decline just reflecting my being "out of practice"?

Never took any formal testing as an adult - no idea what specific number I would score. Strongly suspect it would be above 70. So even with my vast adaptive deficits, I'm probably safe from a formal diagnosis of MR.
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But a quarter century out of law school, I can't imagine much I would like less than to take a standardized test right now.
Nearly 30 years out of med school, I get to take standardized tests quite regularly to maintain my professional board certification, and demonstrate continued competency and show that I've kept up to date, since half of what I learned 30 years ago was either wrong or no longer relevant. It's a PITA, but it's a good thing. I still pass. I hope that continues.
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Nearly 30 years out of med school, I get to take standardized tests quite regularly to maintain my professional board certification, and demonstrate continued competency and show that I've kept up to date, since half of what I learned 30 years ago was either wrong or no longer relevant. It's a PITA, but it's a good thing. I still pass. I hope that continues.

Thanks for the response.

I just remember that I used to actually LOVE taking standardized tests, as I knew I would blow them away. (Whatever that says about my childhood/personality/etc.) But the last standardized test I took that actually mattered was my bar exam in 86.

But now, the idea of sitting down for a number of hours actually concentrating on a lengthy set of questions - man, the list of things I would less like to do is limited.
Heck, I even found my recent driver's license test (upon moving to IN) unpleasant, and that was only 50 pretty easy questions.

Sometimes I have a passing curiosity to take such a test. Give the old grey matter a workout, as it were. But I don't HAVE to, and there are just so many more enjoyable things to do. Like walking the dunes! How are things up on your side of the lake?
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How are things up on your side of the lake?
Too damn much beach! Lake levels are nearly at their record lows. I wouldn't mind seeing the water rise about a foot. Otherwise, peachy. How's by you?
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When I learned to read when I was of 3 months of age I took a test to get into school and recieved score of 187. Since then I have learned many hard things and taken tests. The last of which was a few minutes ago. I gave myself a test after seeing this thread. I got an 523 but I suspect that is low because the test was biased toward the Western/European culture.
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I am always kind of suspicious that on threads of this type it always seems the majority of people came out as the 140+ genius level. The majority of people being genius’s does not quite tally with my real world experience.

It's funny how you never see anyone posting about their 100 I.Q. score.
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My IQ's so big, it has its own zip code.

My IQ's so big, Starbucks has a size above Grande called "My IQ."

My IQ's so big, even Nate Silver can't predict how big it is.

My IQ's so big, they have to spell it IJKQRS.

My IQ's so big, they had to measure it in wizzerteens.

My IQ's so big, you could bring peace to the Middle East by resettling the Israelis and the Palestinians in my brain because there would be enough room for everyone.

My IQ's so big, even Chuck Norris' beard is intimidated by it.
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The poll results don't seem to match the quality of rhetoric.
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How's by you?
Had a lot of fun when Sandy was in town. Couldn't believe how high the tide was; it was thrilling to see the sand being whipped up and over the dunes. There are still rocks and other flotsam way higher than you would ever believe the water would come on a normal day.

My wife goes to school in Skokie, so we spend some time along the N shore. Amazing how different the lake is over there compared to down here.

Was shocked to see a long article in yesterday's Trib discussing Hammond's plan to provide water to Chicago's S burbs - with nary a mention about the interstate/international agreements re: drawing from the lakes. Well, more disappointed than shocked or even surprised - after all, it WAS the Trib!

These dunes are a tremendously underutilized resource. Since Labor Day, we've pretty much had them to ourselves. I think the surest sign of my intelligence may be the amount of time my dog and I spend on them!
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My IQ hasn't been tested in decades, so I'm sure that now it's a lot lower than the 131 it supposedly was in high school.

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I am always kind of suspicious that on threads of this type it always seems the majority of people came out as the 140+ genius level. The majority of people being genius’s does not quite tally with my real world experience.

It's funny how you never see anyone posting about their 100 I.Q. score.
Well, it seems less likely that someone would rush into an IQ thread to tell people they are of average intelligence. That leaves the two extremes, and I'm guessing those with lower scores aren't very motivated to make their IQ scores known.

In other words, this is probably not a representative sample of the Dope.
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