The IQ Test

Intelligence Interval Cognitive Designation
40 – 54 Severely challenged   (Less than 1% of test takers)
55 – 69 Challenged (2.3% of   test takers)
70 – 84 Below average
85 – 114 Average (68% of test   takers)
115 – 129 Above average
130 – 144 Gifted (2.3% of test   takers)
145 – 159 Genius (Less than 1%   of test takers)
160 – 175 Extraordinary genius

An intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. IQ scores have been shown to be associated with such factors as morbidity and mortality, parental social status, and, to a substantial degree, biological parental IQ.

IQ scores are used as predictors of educational achievement, special needs, job performance and income. They are also used to study IQ distributions in populations and the correlations between IQ and other variables.

“Intelligence test scores typically follow what is known as a normal distribution, a bell-shaped curve in which the majority of scores lie near or around the average score”(

Predicted Occupation based on IQ Scores

140         Top civil servants; professors and research scientists

130         physicians and surgeons; lawyers; engineers

120        school teachers; pharmacists; accountants; nurses; stenographers; managers

110         foremen; clerks; telephone operators; salesman; policemen; electricians

100+      machine operators; shopkeepers; butchers; welders; sheet metal workers

100-       Warehousemen; carpenters; cooks and bakers, small farmers; truck and van drivers

90           laborers; gardeners; upholsterers; farmhands; miners; factory packers and sorter

After conducting research on IQ tests and what they measure, I have mixed feelings. I feel like IQ test can measure intelligence, but only to a certain extent. I believe that intelligence cannot be measure by one test. The IQ test does not take into account that individuals other forms of knowledge. The test taker may have received a low score, but is at the top of their class. The test taker may just be a weak test taker. Also the reverse can happen. A student at the bottom of the class may guess on every answer and get a higher score than the first test taker. Also another issue that may occur is the IQ test results. The test draws a line between average (114) and above average (115). By those standards, the test implies that someone only scoring one point higher than another has such a higher intelligence.  Also, I believe that the predictions of occupation and IQ scores are somewhat helpful. The chart says that generally people with higher IQ’s have more “sophisticated” or “elevated” occupations. The problem with this is that IQ does not put a restriction on the occupation.

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  1. I admit that I have never wanted to know my IQ…either too low, and I would be crushed…too high, and I would feel that I have not done enough….either way, the label would hurt me.
    I agree; the IQ number does not define a person.
    Very informative: synthesizes learned content and constructs new meaning; well organized
    written in an interesting style and voice; few errors; formatting makes the post more interesting and easier to read
    multiple pieces of multimedia (funny!!); categorized and tagged


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