I scored 115 on an IQ test. Was that a good score or not? What exactly does that mean for me?
Se http://www.audiblox.com/iq_scores.htm for a list of scores & the meanings
The most popular individually-administered IQ tests in North America are the Wechsler tests (e.g., the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale [WAIS], the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children [WISC]). These tests are designed to be used by psychologists testing someone one-on-one. These tests, and other IQ tests that use the same scale, have an average score of 100 by definition, and a standard deviation (a measure of how spread out scores are around the average) of 15. A score of 115 is one standard deviation above the mean, and is higher than 84 percent of people taking the test (another way of saying this is that a score of 115 is at the 84th percentile). This is in what the Wechsler scale manuals would describe as the “High Average” range. IQ scores in the range of 91-110 are in the “Average” range; 50 percent of the population falls into this category.
I suspect that you took an Interent IQ test, as have many people who ask questions on Yahoo! Answers. A professionally-used test such as the WAIS or WISC requires testing thousands of people to see how the test questions perform, and requires millions of dollars to develop. No test on the Internet is likely to have that level of effort and financial resources used to develop it, and therefore no Internet IQ test can be considered to be as accurate as a professional test.
I wouldn’t get hung up on your score. IQ is a controversial subject and very few people really understand what IQ scores mean or what “intelligence”, as measured by IQ tests, refers to. A psychologist adminstering an IQ test will usually find the IQ test to be the least meaningful number of all the numbers you can get out of an IQ test; psychologists are more interested in someone’s pattern of scores on different subtests within an IQ test, with an eye toward using that information to help that person do better in school, work, and life.
A good introduction to IQ tests for the layperson is a book by Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould called “The Mismeasure of Man”. This book is highly critical of the concept of IQ and reviews the history of IQ test development. It’s the best introduction to the subject that I could recommend, although I would hasten to add that if a psychologist is properly aware of the limitations of IQ tests, he or she can still use IQ tests to help someone do better in life.
I have 118. I’m just grateful it’s not 88!
Look at AssessmentPsychology.com and click on IQ to see what SAT and ACT scores you are anticipated to get.
With the education you have, what sort of score were you expecting?
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