What is an IQ test?

IQ or Intelligence Quotient is a term that defines an individual’s reasoning ability. In simpler words, these tests are supposed to measure how well a person can use logic and knowledge to answer different questions. An IQ test gauges your reasoning ability by calculating your long- and short-term memory. They also explain how well an individual can recall information and solve puzzles – and how quickly.

History of IQ Test

IQ test was originated in France to help categorize students who required some additional help in school. In World War 1, the US government modified this test to identify unqualified troops. They knew letting unqualified individuals into battle could be dangerous, so they used IQ tests to find qualified people.

Measuring IQ

The IQ test is one of the most popular tests to measure a person’s thinking ability. Now the real question is how to measure your IQ. Well, the answer to this question is different for every human being. For instance, if the question is, “who is George Washington?” if a US resident does not know the answer, he/she has a lower-than-average IQ. While if you ask this question in Japan, not knowing who George Washington was, reveals little to no information about an individual’s intelligence.

Do IQ Tests Work?

According to a psychologist, “IQ tests measure a set of skills that are essential to society.” Because these tests favor individuals who can think on the spot, they cannot calculate every one’s full potential. So, if your friend got an IQ of 130 and you have an IQ of 100, don’t get discouraged. Remember that not every human being can think on the spot; some require more time to process logic than others. In the end, hard work is as important as a person’s IQ.

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