The other day I sat down to watch The Princess Bride for about the 10,000th time. Man that is a great movie! Anyway, when I was watching the part where Vizzini, the Sicilian, was answering the question as to how smart he is, he said: “Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.”
So, I decided to mosey on over to the Interwebs and find a list of people with the highest IQ ever measured, and lo and behold I couldn’t find one! So for the sake of future searchers, I compiled the following information. Enjoy.
In order to establish a baseline knowledge, IQ (intelligence quotient) is a score derived from attempting to measure the actual mental horsepower of any given individual. Personally I place little value in IQ tests, but I do acknowledge that they are an indicator of some common potential success factors, so we’ll leave it at that.
The “average” IQ is by definition 100, so if you score below that you are dumber than average, and above it means smarter than average.
Commonly acknowledged IQ Score Ranking System:
I’d like to stop for a second and inject a little philosophy before we go on. I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for intelligence. I only respect people for their actions. So no one should envy or emulate people on the list that follow because some of them are miserable human beings (like this narcissistic guy). Take Bobby Fischer as an example. He’s the biggest A-hole on the list, and I’d like to kick his teeth in for his comments about Jews and America.
The Highest IQs On Record
People Still Alive
- Physicist / Engineer Kim Ung-yong has a verified IQ of 210
- Bouncer Christopher Michael Langan has a verified IQ of 195
- Engineer Philip Emeagwali is alleged to have an IQ of 190
- World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov is alleged to have an IQ of 190
- Author Marilyn Vos Savant has a verified IQ of 186
- Actor James Woods is alleged to have an IQ of 180
- Politician John H. Sununu is alleged to have an IQ of 180
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is alleged to have an IQ of 180
- Mathematician Andrew Wiles is alleged to have an IQ of 170
- World Chess Champion Judith Polgar is alleged to have an IQ of 170
- Chess Grandmaster Robert Byrne is alleged to have an IQ of 170
- World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer is alleged to have an IQ of 167
- Mathematician / Physicist Stephen W. Hawking is alleged to have an IQ of over 160
- Microsoft Founder Paul Allen is alleged to have an IQ of over 160
- Actress Sharon Stone is alleged to have an IQ of 154
From the Past
In 1926, psychologist Dr. Catherine Morris Cox – who had been assisted by Dr. Lewis M. Terman, Dr. Florence L. Goodenaugh, and Dr. Kate Gordon – published a study “of the most eminent men and women” who had lived between 1450 and 1850 to estimate what their IQs might have been. Data from that study as well as other sources around the net were compiled to form the following list. Please drop me a comment if you have additions or corrections (make sure and cite sources).
Also, see Wikipedia’s list of Universal Genius (Polymaths).
Test YOUR IQ
Now that you’ve read all about these really smart people, surely you want to know how you compare? Well, set aside a full 40 minutes and go through this test to determine where you are on the evolutionary chain.
Select the image below and the clock starts when the test loads, so be prepared in order to get the full 40 minutes. Trust me, you’re gonna need it! Oh, and if you answer “A” on every question, you get a 72! (a=72, b=65, c=65, d=65, e=72, f=72, g= 65, and h=65 – Only The Man would help you cheat on an IQ test!)
…one of the better and possibly fairly accurate IQ tests (11/8/07) seen on the net. Two caveats: 1. This test evaluates visual spatial reasoning skills, and not verbal which some may say would be a bias toward guys. 2. This test does not assess processing speed and ability to make quick/accurate and perhaps more c creative choices.
For different view of intelligence away from IQ try: Theory of Multiple Intelligences
If it turns out you are a Genius, join a club! Here’s how to hook up with your intellectual peers:
- The Genius Society
- Mensa International
- International High IQ Society
- Poetic Genius Society
- The Mega Society
- The Triple Nine Society
By the way, why is it that most of the high IQ society Web sites suck so bad? And if I may inquire additionally, why is it that none of them have sections on their sites where they are actually teaching people by translating highly complex issues into understandable language?
Now, for the rest of us (I score just above a moderately intelligent canine, but just below a porpoise), you can just join the One Man’s Blog Society for the Incredibly Average. Believe me, we have a lot more fun around here.
. . .would you know ov a ???? radio host in Pittsburgh, Mark Madden, who claims to have a 165 IQ
James Litchfield says
I have been a member of Mensa since 1983. My IQ (as tested by Mensa) is 173. A good web page to help you understand what the numbers mean is http://wilderdom.com/intelligence/IQWhatScoresMean.html. There are several IQ tests that are available. IQ test scores have changed over the years. So, my IQ would not necessarily mean that same as an identical IQ of, say, 100 years ago. I hope this helps.
richard thompson says
Would a person with a photogenic memory test high on an IQ test ? Huh ?
Mike Fuller says
These comments are just a long dirge of factual information from unknown people and selfish information!!! A swamp of sad and pathetic egotism!!!
Mike Fuller says
These comments are just a long dirge of facts from unknown people and information that merges into a sad swamp of pathetic egotism and unwanted knowledge!!!
B SAJAN says
I SCORED 126 IN THIS TEST.GOT A >125 RATING DIPLOMA FROM HUNGARY IE.WITH RAVEN TEST IT WAS 144 TO 151.
Mike Fuller says
I’ve just scored 114 on this test. I think I.Q. Test Labs is about the most test on the web. I scored 124 on that. I think that is my I.Q. I have scored far more and less on other tests!!!
Mike Fuller says
I think I.Q. Test Labs is about the best and most accurate testing site on the web!!!
Cheers – Mike
Mark Rossetti/Hilbert says
Mark Rossetti says
MENSA misrepresented Wikipedia?
I know of somebody who scored an IQ 130 general 150 logical reasoning 1000 extension on fhe Wechsler Adult during 1988. It is the highest score ever recorded and you probably have a copy of this?
Mark Rossetti/Hilbert says
Top 2 percent of population (98th percentile; 1 person out of 50; approximately IQ 130): Mensa International – as of January 2014, ~110,000 members from ~100 countries; annual dues for American Mensa are $70 (dues differ by country). Wikipedia MENSA close(d). Please check this.
Mark Rossetti says
My IQ is 138. My IQ is 137 and fifteenth in Western History, Eastern aside.
Symptoms of Psycopathy:
-Empathy/Sympathy that can be turned on and off, the default state of which is off.
President of the United States
Why aren’t people with high iqs translating current issues? You really don’t know? It’s staring you in the face, right now. Do you know WHY there are people starving in the world? Maybe you think it’s because say, there isn’t enough food? I hate to break it to you, but in about the last decade there have been WORLDWIDE net food surpluses in every year except 2007. What is there to translate? That the current distribution system has been allowing children to starve to death during surplus years? Frankly, the fact that the capitalist system is consistently failing billions of people a fact it may be, well…
The problem in translating current issues is there is nothing to translate, just to get it through people’s thick skulls that there are an INFINITE number of possible distribution systems, not only Capitalism and Communism as the Elite would have you believe. And the current one is failing the health of our world, and not only that, but much of the surpluses we are producing by that means are simply being thrown away. This is an issue that has been going on for thousands of years, and frankly most caring people would rather bury their heads in the sand and believe what they are told to believe than face the cold, hard, uncaring, facts.
Take a current event. Russia and the United States of America, toying with Ukraine and Crimea. Do you know that either way things go, the Elite would win? The only question there is how fast they would win? So here we have, a coup organized by the United States to prevent the Ukraine from getting along with one of its neighbours, Russia holding a referendum in Crimea in an attempt to maintain access to its only year round, functioning, ice free ports. The United States then doing everything it can that might trigger world war III. Do you think any country would roll over at no longer having a Navy? Or year round international trade?
Now all this turmoil is happening, and there is no benifit. If the USA gains influence, the Elite win right then and there. If Russia gains influence, Russia is moving in the same direction as the USA… Basically current events right now are centered around inpatient narcisstic freaks who think “Let’s kill a few thousand people so we can have that pie in 2020 instead of 2070.” And then the US starts funding Neonazis…
My IQ is 138. Why don’t I waste my time? Because I know that the only real progress will come when the masses realize who really has the power, and replace the high IQ lunatics currently running the show with people who actually care about other people. Imagine that. People who care about people running the show. Not people pretending to care, and then triggering genocide. Allowing people to starve in a world with more than enough food than we could eat, even with Western people wasting so much there is still more than enough…
The fact is, nobody needs someone with a large IQ running the show now. What we need is someone with compassion and understanding running the show who also happens to be hard to trick. And that’s about it. Why waste my time?
Symptoms of Psycopathy:
-Above average intelligence
-Impulsiveness (Can’t wait)
-Empathy that can be turned on and off, the default state of which is off.
Keep placing little value on tests other than life.
I don’t believe that a 140-iq person would be a genious bc IF thats true I’d be a genious as well. I was rated 140-150 n I don’t consider myself a “genious”.
hmm I got a 118 on that test, though I tested 144 a few years back… but vis-spat was my worst section – I guess I’m one of the classic examples of women who shouldn’t park …
Mike Fuller says
Hi ‘Random College Girl’,
I am a poet. I have a Wechsler I.Q. of 124! I think perhaps a bigger reason for women’s lack of abilities at parking is their periods!!! I don’t know the statistical evidence though!!!
Cheers – Mike
Mark Rossetti/Hilbert says
mark hilbert 130 iq mensa pascal’s triangle The breath Amendment collapses.
Mark Rossetti says
Immanuel Kant and the Categorical Imperative 13th
Mark Rossetti 15th
Mark Rossetti Hilbert says
Pascal’s Treatise offers the relevant Iq:130.
Joel alcantara says
I scored a 150. I’m 13. No wonder I never had any friends.
I GOT 140,
Osama Gadour says
I got 127 on 16 deviation
potato skillet says
I’ve always had a problem with the norming that free IQ tests do. It’s like they want us to think that we’re stupid. I’ve never taken an official IQ test, but I took a highly accredited Power Test which other geniuses today seemed to be obsessed with and found it to be a breeze. I’m not bragging, I’m just saying that I score like 190 on those and 120 on the online ones because I have no patience for terrible rigged, poorly designed crapshoot “IQ tests”. Might as well take all my salary and play slots.
Svetlana Sonday says
My IQ is calculated as being 88, according to the IQ test on the top of this page.
Well. You sound about anyone with about 110-120 IQ. Regarding the scale for children, it might be majorly inaccurate cause of the difference on the intellectual part, cause of early/late development. Which essentially makes everything for a child getting tested.
180 adult IQ on the other hand is by far less than one in a million.
See a psychologist or whatever if you really want to find out I’d suggest.
nadie importante, creanme says
I’m confused. I was tested with an IQ in the 180s as a child. They make it sound like a big deal here. My wife’s IQ is only about 10 points below mine. There must be another scale for children. Yes I got A’s, speak a whole lot more languages and play a lot more languages than most people but I’m definitely highly outclassed by people like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Give me a break. I assume test scores are very different for children??
1.kids have individual development and this way each one differently grows in brain and develop thinking and concentration so if you were tested as a kid having 180, it can be “only” 130-140 now being adult. the peers outclass a kid genius when they grow older, in puberty etc. kids are various and different, you know… if adult people would be hard to compare, then kids 3-times harder to compare…
2.then there are different testing scales, wechsler, stanford-binet and catell. if you have 170 in catell then you have 144 in wechsler. (mensa for wechsler is 130 and for catell is 148). so if someone was tested as a kid 170 in catell, then you can be 144 in wechsler and if you now would be tested 140 in catell, then you are maybe 125 now.
3. the results of those people having IQ 190 and living 300 years ago are totally a hoax, dont take me wrong, but tests were created only 130 years ago, somewhere around 1880-1900, so how can we know IQ of michalangelo or da vindi who lived 300-500 years ago???!?!?!?!
4. take your test on iqtest.dk, and find yout for yourself, the test is mensa value test
To succeed in life talent is needed, but also hard work, focus, originality and luck, and all of these are equally important.
There are lots of people with talent (high IQs), but missing hard work, focus (being specialized in a specific topic), originality (capability of thinking out of the box) and luck (something you cannot really control) will have much less success.
Michella Brown says
My IQ is 200, and I’m 12. PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP ME! I don’t wanna be in High School yet. BUT, only my sister and I know, so we’re good!!!
140 (sd 16), 137 (sd 15)…nice test. Many image compositions, cancelations and some rotations.. :D
I scored a 119 and I wasn’t “tired, exhausted, drunk, etc.” I shouldn’t find it unusual that the younger crowd needs the disclaimer. This is a test of pattern recognition and shouldn’t be confused as some sort of predeterminer of success in life. You still gotta put in the time, develop the talents, etc. to make it. Society requires much more than spacial reasoning to reward you its treasures and can really penalize you for not developing the required skills. You think you’re smart? Prove it! Get off the sidelines and get in the game. At our most basic level we’re just salmon swimming upstream trying to avoid the bears and make it to the dance.
Without including Bill Lembke, IQ 187, your list can not be complete.
Incredibly tired, got 110 IQ… previously scored 120+ on adult tests, I’m 16..
Well I like to brag about it, being intelligent is interesting. Just a bit lonely at times! But you get to be the one who notices most of what’s going on, and perhaps the one to record it down somewhere.
If you’re very smart, please don’t try to excel at life or things that require much social input… you can be a great screenplay writer, comedian(as long as you write your own material), anything that forces you to use your creativity… but when it comes to living, we’re at a disadvantage to the normal people. It’s not that great really. It’s like a restriction of our nature, and for what? For being able to solve very complex, useless puzzles and get some pats on the back from the scientists?
I say if you’re intelligent use it to yourself. Do whatever you want, and try your best to achieve it… that’s what our intelligence allows us to do.
I scored a 135 on the Iq test at my school. Of course it wasn’t very surprising, but some of the other children scored between 150-160. These kids are the high B, low A students in the AP/ Dual Enrollment/ Honors classes. I’m the invariable high A student. From what I’ve noticed is that those student rely on their abilities too much. What I’m saying is that they have no work/study ethic. While I only study half as hard as “regular” students. So, in my area, a high Iq usually means that they’re lazy, smart, but lazy.
Mine is 160. I have solved a few problems that nobody else could, at work and play, but otherwise I consider that I am normal and have plenty of friends.Mensa wanted me to join, after I did an IQ test on the net, but I havn’t the time for whatever they do and don’t need any advantages such a move would offer.
I think I’ve improved my IQ. 103,103, 104. I’m still perplexed because, I perform prodigiously in school and I excel. I have a well renowned understanding of history at a university level. My Iq however seems low. It’s quite eccentric to me.
Mr.Bobby M.Brent says
Is there a genius,or prodigy group,or web site?
Nguyễn Vương says
My IQ is 130 (SD15) and 132 (SD16)
Svetlana Sonday says
I once received an academic intelligence quotient assessment by my school psychologist, and my total score was unveiled…130+! That technically defines me as a gifted individual, according to this “One Man’s Blog.” (The “One Man’s Blog” is an internet location that provides a myriad of individuals a myriad of practical information to be used in their everyday lives, for those of you who are entirely too ignorant to comprehend what this website is, not to practically and intentionally insult you.)
122, 124 & 136…
Clear minded, IQ 125 … 3 shots of Maker Mark 46 (94 proof) in 20 minutes, IQ 110. :O) Probably on the money.
My iq is somewhere around the 155 150 range
125, 127, 140
my IQ is 127
121 on this test (SD = 16)
Avg of a few online tests I took several years ago ~131 (SD = ?? perhaps 24)
Standardized test in HS 113 (SD = 15 on this one?)
Logic and math are my strong points.
I probably would have done worse if this included a test of English Comprehension or vocabulary.
Overall if I had to guess my own IQ based interaction with other people I’d say 115 (SD = 15) feels about right.
Your iq is not why you lack friends it’s more likely your personality. Sorry ;)
155 – IQ; not all its made out to be. I am extremely ‘clever’, i.e college classes at 14/15, does not however, mean that I’m particularly happy. I do not have many friends, as the people who I interact with on a daily basis just seem so, well, stupid. They need every small thing explaining. I wish that I were ‘normal’ – it would be so much easier.
Shalom Ajimoko says
I’m extremely confused and perplexed. My score was at a 91, while I perform exceptionally well in i school. It’s utmost bewilderment. Or it may be my lack of interest in mathematics for, I’m not well renowned in these areas.
You have Aspergers Syndrome? I’m sorry to break it to you. But, nonetheless you’d still have a far eclat brain than people of your age.
I took a standardized iq test back in high-school (in Toronto) about eighteen years ago. I remember scoring in the 118-126 range, and feeling pretty comfortable with that. I just did this one for curiosity and scored 122, so judging by my test years ago, and the consistency between the grades, I’d say this is probs one of the more accurate, ‘true-to-standard’ tests on the web – though it only aims to measure pattern recognition!! There are sooo many other skill-testing questions they could’ve put up here. Where are the freakin’ number sequences and math/logic problems…?
Anyway – it was free, pretty accurate and I enjoyed it, so why the F- am I complaining? OTOH, I’d just like to say that I can definitely see how staying closer to the median has MANY advantages in everyday, practical life. There’s a developing theory recently that many people who are classified as ‘high iq’ are likely to be on the autism spectrum – which isn’t a problem, really. It’s good to know so a person can adjust their life to work with their condition. Many people in the social sciences now believe that Einstein most likely had Asperger’s Syndrome.
I’ve found (by observation) that the few people I know who have an unusually higher iq according to this type of testing often have deficits in other areas of life. For example, one guy I know who’s a ‘genius’ standard was let go from the Costco he was working at – because a cashier there complained that he was stalking her. Yes, that’s right – I said Costco. Look up the ‘Genius/Failure Paradox’ – you’ll see that many people with such an iq often have very moderate success in life.
Another guy I met in the last two years is very much the same type of rarer bird. He’s kind of twitchy and jittery. He has a tendency to take statements waaay too literally. He seems emotionally repressed and is quickly and easily irritated when anybody says ANYTHING that he doesn’t agree with or get the gist of. He also has a very high iq, and finished a master’s in engineering in six years. He’s an electrical engineer – oh, and one more thing… He was recently borderline stalking this girl I know. She’s blonde, blue-eyed and GORGEOUS – and a dance instructor part time. He met her in a Bible study, and became very fixated on her – even telling friends there that he was convinced that ‘God brought her to the group so he could meet her – and they’d be married’…
In the end she got bored with the little ‘study group’ (which I can understand) and disappeared sometime around early summer – no one’s really heard from her since. It’s a good thing for his sake that she never found out he was going ‘Woogie’ over her. It was so obvious back than that she was in NO way interested in him – let alone the fact that he looks like a cross-clone of Lyle Lovett and Screech. Granted, everybody wishes they could date their ‘dream’ girl/guy, but it’s good to be able to accept… reality?
Personally, I think that being ‘high-average’ is a really sweet spot to be in – a ‘pretty sharp, normal guy’…
Thomas Blankenhorn says
I would challenge all these so-called smart persons. When you smart, you should know where you rank without a test. Allow me to analyze the tests and if I see there are questions about definitions of obscure words, that does not address intelligence then it would not be a test worthy for ascribing a number to one’s intelligence.
More than just a number, even if I were the smartest person, I would not be seeking accolades as that shows stupidity in feeling the need for acceptance by others and ego stroking.
I am here to solve problems that our leaders fail to do. But when there is a dumb populous, few are able to understand what is so simple to be done to effect prosperity. I provide much of it on the 40-page site: http://proposedsolutions.blogspot.com
If anyone wants to personally challenge me, we can discuss how each of us think, what we have done on and off the job, seeing how expansive the abilities are, how quickly mastery was effected and how clearly each sees the solutions to problems in education, health care, government compensation, house prices, and just about everything there is that needs fixing but would be overlooked by the common person. I would hope that the challenge would soon be quenched with a thirst to work with me in pushing for real progress for humanity.
Thomas Blankenhorn says
Pardon the flow of words. I deleted some parts and didn’t fully correct before replying. Who is behind the programming to not allow post-editing?
Cool info on IQ’s!
ramiz b says
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I can’t believe this list of people from history and their iqs. I realize you are citing a book, but the list is incredible. Einstein scored a 160? Look up his wikipedia page and check out the list of his accomplishments in the field of physics. Almost every one has another wikipedia page to discuss the area in more detail. Wittgenstein has the same iq as Newton? Wittgenstein may have influenced 20th century philosophy, but he didn’t change the world like Newton and Einstein did. What in the world would they have based Luther’s iq of 170 on? Was his translation of the Bible more masterful than special and general relativity? It’s not quite as crazy, but Leibniz so much lower than Newton? They both invented calculus independently. Mozart seems low also.
On a side note, it’s amazing all the geniuses that have made comments on this page, but Einstein with his lowly 160 did so much.
I think our view of this historical list is somewhat skewed by the fact we are looking back at achievements. So many things we pay no attention to and take for granted represented huge challenges to people back then. Things we consider simple were revolutionary, the printing press for example. The importance of Martin Luther changed the course of western civilization. Look at the difference between Islamic countries and western secular countries. His 95 thesis exposed corrupt practices within the church and stated the secular government shouldn’t be religious business, his translation made the bible accessible to the common man, before you had to know latin. I don’t know too much about Wittgenstein, supposedly he was a mean and vicious teacher.
the worlds highest iq is not kim ung yong it is vishalini who was born in 2000 and her IQ at her age 10 was 225 .she will be added in guiness book of world records by age of 14
the worlds highest iq is not kim ung yong it is vishalini who was born in 2000 and her IQ at her age 10 was 225 .she will be added in guiness book of world records by age of 14 .the girl is born in tamil nadu .india
the iq test is like a measure of horsepower or cpu speed. it doesn’t measure the applications or ‘social’ benefits of the use of that power.
Nice article, but I don’t think the test is very accurate. I have taken a real IQ test before, and I just took this one because I was curious as to what it would say. The results kinda shocked me, as I got a 132, where on the real IQ test I got a 154. Therefore, the test should be taken with a grain of salt, as it might not be very accurate.
The first IQ test that i did I was high on weed and drunk.I scored 127. The second test,years later,I was just smoking weed,and scored 154. Apparently alcahol shaves off about25-27 points.
Oh sorry about the grammatical errors. I am typing on an iPad, which is not very easy. Oh, and Jesse, please look up things and make sure you are right before you say things as facts. I might be wring with some of mine, but at least I used the internet before stating my claims. If my facts are wrong, then it was not my fault; it was an unreliable website. Please do not just make up things! It annoys me and others who know the fact is wrong to no end, and misleads the people who really dont know.
Grades in school aren’t the definitive measure for IQ. Take a look at Einstein and Wittgenstein. Grades are usually a subjective measure. More than likely if you relate well with your teacher you will get a higher grade. It doesn’t take a high IQ to look up this blog and read the content. It’s human nature to make oneself look better. Both smart and dumb people can lie. So posting numbers more than likely is a sign of ego.
I’m just too scared to take this test! I’m afraid I may not like the result. And the problem is, I can’t even guess what my IQ score could be. To be honest, I have had both exceptionally remarkable and devastatingly humbling experiences relating to my intelligence. I don’t want to be an average joe who got lucky a couple of times, know what I mean?!?!
You r just like me dave , i also have some remarkable experiences like u and sometimes i behave like a dumb. All my teachers called me that u r the most intelejent student we have so far but i never scored well in my exams, i also don’t want to be avg thats why i have fear by iq test. The thing with me is that the thing which all understand i understand late and the thing which i understand they cant understand .
Took the test twice. Both time 132 (with SD 16).
I have been taking online IQ tests since I was 15, the scoring always varies…
118, 116, 121, 137… I like the last one:D It would be cool to know for sure though…
noor amzar says
my iq 142
I’ve enjoyed your the way you reflect on iq it is brain stimulating
When this test is scored is there a different range of IQ levels for children than there is for adults? I would like to know the answer to this question because I have taken this test and I scored a 128 at the age of 13, so I was wondering whether there was a different range. Thanks!
Well, I’m 12 and have an iq of 145
The author of this article isn’t very intelligent. “Take Bobby Fischer as an example. He’s the biggest A-hole on the list, and I’d like to kick his teeth in for his comments about Jews and America.” Although I don’t agree with his statements, I do respect his right to freedom of speech. Part of being an intelligent person is also having an open mind. If you can’t tolerate opposing viewpoints then you aren’t a critical thinker and you won’t grow intellectually.
John P. says
Actually Wes, no one said that I didn’t respect Fischer’s right to free speech. And you are making assumptions if you think I didn’t have an open mind when I listened to what he had to say. But after he said it, I have the right to judge it. And I did.
Free speech is one thing. But that man passionately believed in the destruction of a race of people. His belief was baseless. He was evil. Hence, I’d like to kick his ass. Simple cause and effect.
I have an IQ tested about 11 times and it ranges between 141 to 148…
Just scored a 147 on my IQ test. Am I a genius?
I always thought that a score of 160 on any part of an iq test put you as a genius. I scored 161 on my mathematics portion of my test, but I guess it varies from test to test
Yay!!! I am a normal person. =) My IQ is 115, and it goes to 120 with the deviation. =D
It was fun, thanks for this blog.
robert durette says
I went to Ventura College from 95 to 97 and while I was there I thought I had a learning disability they gave me an IQ test and I scored 327 I still have a copy of the results. A man from Washington DC flew to meet me and I asked him how he could help, he said they unfortunately had no idea how to help me. Today I’m a stagehand and have been for the past 12 years, I have never felt superior to anyone and this gift has always been more of a curse then a blessing
you’re clearly not as smart as you make yourself out to be as indicated by your inability to differentiate between “then” and “than.”
robert durette says
to “mat” so i guess you went to ventura college in 95-97 and took the same test and walked a mile in my shoes? people like you mat clearly dont understand people like me. i never could spell in school, i was always in the dunce chair, sucked at math and was never very sociable. i really have a hard time understanding other peoples logic and i would rather of scored 50 at least then all this would make sense. please check out the facts, i really wish they were wrong. ventura californias community college at the learning disability center.
robert durette says
I called Ventura college to see if they still had the test results, they said that anything past five years is destroyed. I do have a copy of the test I just have to find where my wife put it.
327 is impossible. 190-200 is highest recorded.
Just so you know, I have a feeling you are lying. The highest iq ever scored was by Marilyn Vos Savant, and she scored a 228. If you truly did have that high of an iq, you ould be well… Famous. Though you might have a quite high iq, did you mean 137? And was the test a true iq test, or could have been some other test that used larger numbers to score? And if you took the test online, they may have given you an innacurate score, or taken what score you did get, and inflated it a bit. See, I think of myself as fairly inttellegent, i am in all advanced classes, which for the grade i am in are called Pre ap. And, I make all A’s in those classes. So i am definiteley not dumb, and definintely above average, but I sincerely doubt I am 145, which is what I scored. That is only 15 points less than Albert Einstein! I do beleive, that I might be around 120-130 on a real iq test. Oh, and if you look at a scale,100 is average, 110-119 is superior intellect or gifted, 120-140 is basically very gifted, and above 140 is genius or almost genius. So, if you honestly think that is what you scored, then you might want to look up ‘highest iq ever’ on google. And if you are just plain lying, what is the point? I am twelve, and I know you are not telling the truth! And if you really wanted to impress us but be a bit more realistic, say that you had a score of 160 on your test. That is what Albert Einstein supposedly got, but it is not near as hard to believe as 327. Thank you for your time.
Christopher Thompson says
eye luv yoar sight oar blog! (lol, classic! “blog” is one of the few that follows the rules – and its been made up recently) actually now that I think about it, that makes sense – since intelligence is evolutionary.
I felt like saying hi – for mostly the reason of your writing and its entertainment value – but then I got captured by your questions: 1.”why is it that most of the high IQ society Web sites suck so bad? And if I may inquire additionally,” 2. “why is it that none of them have sections on their sites where they are actually teaching people by translating highly complex issues into understandable language?”
And – I wanted to comment (not answer – its up to the receiver whether I “answered” it or not) on the questions and make note to some WISDOM, that popped out of your questions.
as to 1. firstly – LOL, I noticed that as well, and found it rather funny – in truth most of them could have a 10x more appealing site just by using a theme from wordpress or blogger – you know what I mean. My thought on why, comes in two parts: part one – ego… not “vanity” but good old fashioned male ego. A deeper question (philosophically speakin… writing) is with women on top of the highest known I.Q.’s (they are by the way – if you want their names, i’ll send them to you) why aren’t there any IQ “Society’s” created/founded/and better designed, by them? oh wait… I already said – wrote that – EGO. is it weird that i just got hungry for toaster baked waffles?
quick question for you, that I don’t want the answer to, lol – do you know how many computer related operating systems there are? (lets see if you get where I am going with this) if there are a lot of these OS systems – and they normally don’t run on the same languages (computers intelligence and/or “vocabulary”) couldn’t you comfortably say that there must be more than one kind of “great” or smart OS system?
What I am getting at – I am even starting to bore myself – is that intelligence and especially the “testing” of intelligence is inherently bias – leading me to my great online moment for the day… seek wisdom – not high IQ’s – the greatest true “intelligence” is typically found in random, unscheduled, definitely untestable languages (moments, profound moments).
Comment part 2. or number two – I am gorked on painkillers right now so, excuse my… what the hell was I just talking… writing about? LOL – Humor is the smartest guy I know.
2. they don’t share it because – — – wait for it – —- EGO!
(emmm waffles) ego can work in a few ways. one is the way that “shadows” vanity and another is its ugly cousin – FEAR. you can name what they are afraid of yourself. but my guess is being found WRONG, STUPID, and then it all comes down to being – not loved. hence= intelligence doesn’t equal happiness, nor does it fertilize happiness. remember “ignorance is bliss”?
heres a fun part – I have an IQ of 187. believe it or not, it makes no difference – I mean it makes no difference . Well you and I both know thats not true- but I can tell you that – the childhood full of stomach upset and panic as I worried about everything – wasn’t beneficial. actually I was a pretty normal kid – well thats not true but I acted like it, and made it through that way.
I will leave you with my favorite personally coined phrases (oopps – theres that EGO) : but it is mine…(fear)
“Wisdom, is knowing when to be stupid.”
be well my new online friend,
PS – the first confusing writing wasn’t the painkillers – it was a joke about the english language and its “rules” Phonetically speaking… writing. lol
bill steinig says
Christopher Thompson from Glen Cove,NY?
I love you….and your writing style pisses me off.
I’ve never been a great test taker always excelling through school but failing tests. So It’s no surprise I’m only an average 110, which is funny because when i was about 16 I took an iq test and scored 116, so apparently I’ve gotten dumber? O.o
Some questions really confuse me , there needs to be an iq test guide book because some questions need a little more explaining I guess that’s the point of being in the top 5% of the world , you can see the question being asked more clearly and quicker than others
I and many others believe you can increase your intelligence through brain training, games such as kym’s game and ones on the lumosity web site.
Hey my average I.Q. is 118 on a different site yet i’ve had a result of 120 through military testing,
i left school at year 10 level and was truant for at least two thirds of that year.
I honestly believe these tests are only so accurate and you can be as intelligent as you want, here’s a question for ya how can you know something if you have never learnt it, and if these tests are measured by speed,memory and accuracy then how can your score stay the same if you get faster, better and remember more from practice these question’s are proof!
Noorian Sehammad says
The highest IQ I have encountered was that of a former student, Christopher R Dold of Massachusetts.
Through two tests that I administered both scores were 166-168 respectively.
I recently got my IQ tested for college and I scored a 145 on the test. I’ve always considered myself smart and you know all through school, have had that to back me up. I would study or barely study and could score high on quiz and test grades. It is good to know where I’m at though….taking an IQ test was fun for me. I think I just reassured myself of how smart, I really am. It’s good to know.
I`ve got 112 on this test, and I did real iq test and i have 116, so i think this is a very accurate iq test.
I bet chuck Norris would get a 10000000000000000000000000000000000000
Mark Richard Hilbert says
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Yexac Trisleyte says
Got 133 in 7 mins on attempt one, but wouldn’t call this test an accurate evaluation of intelligence. All of this of course assumes we know what intelligence is. I think there needs to be more than spatial relations for problems. Perhaps introduce things like puzzles where you’re given items and asked to create a system to perform a task, or perhaps even learn overtime. Either way, this was a fun test to burn some time. If you want a high score just take time to find each pattern, then complete it on row 3 for the answer. There is no set directional standard for each pattern, as some seem to be represented as a 6 part pattern from the first two rows as the example, where as some are 2 separate examples. Also, don’t get distracted by the things like misplaced shapes, colors or directions they seem to use to distract you, as there should be a consistent underlying pattern when this problem occurs. Well, time to go drink Mtn Dew and troll people :P
I got my IQ tested and I got 193
You don’t believe me?
After all I claimed it on the internet
i got 132 on that test which I guess makes me smart. The reason I started to become interested in iq again is because sometimes I feel like a complete moron in social situations and in dealing with people. One even recently told me that they thought i was stupid, which completely perplexed me. I’ve always known i was smart, but never considered myself superior and always blamed myself when I couldnt function or relate to people in social settings. Now I’m starting to realize its because its hard for me to be like other people, because I’m different. I do everything faster and I get bored really easily. My mind needs to be stimulated constantly and the people I currently hang around with think I’m a bit nuts because I cant just sit around and chill out. Actually I’m trying to train myself to do this, but its really difficult. I’ve been searching online to see if there are any benefits to being smarter, besides being able to process info faster. In a world full of people of average intelligence, I think having a higher intelligence is almost a handicap, unless you’re interested in controlling and manipulating others, which is something I do only when absolutely necessary.
Well, whether or not this is an accurate test it made me feel good for a while…scored 126 so was really chuffed…can’t be doing any harm if it boosts your morale
I scored a 105, but earn $300K+ per year. Hard work outweighs intelligence every time.
Oh really? Where did you get the idea that high IQ = high income? There are several aspects of being successful, and being wealthy is not closely related to being very smart. And your second sentence is a pure nonsense. Every time huh? For instance, you cannot simply solve open problems in mathematics by working hard if you are not highly gifted in mathematics. Please stick to whatever you are doing in your precious job which makes you “richer and better” than the geeks.
VERY well said,very well indeed.
That also depends on that test being accurate… and how much attention you gave the test. For all you know, you could have an IQ of 150. Being tested by a professional outweighs online IQ tests every time.
i’m 17 and i got 152 in this dansk test
“It isn’t the size of a guy’s IQ that matters. It’s how he uses it.” —-Little Man Tate
What good can the sharpest knife do, if it remains in a drawer?
You all get the point.
Frank Normal says
High IQ is not necessarily a benefit, more often it is a burden. Most people are dull and have little understanding nor concern regarding how the world works. And are more concerned by dissertations.
The world is often controlled by the mass appeal of the average of the average and the American education system spends its energy making sure everyone is average or slightly below average.
Much easier to control if they are less than average..and fearful of responses too!
Good comment Frank.
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I feel like this test is inaccurate. I did it in under 6 minutes, and I know I got at least 35 out of 39 right. I even went back and took my time to prove to myself that I got the right answers, and I only got a 126. Then I answered a third time using the same exact answers in under 2 minutes, and I got a 122. There’s no way that this test is an accurate measurement of IQ, because it only measures people recognition to patterns and in no way measures mathematical skills and problem solving skills; which are also major factors of IQ. So all in all, I would have enjoyed this more if it gave you a score out of 100, didn’t time you, and told you what you got wrong; just like any other pattern recognition game.
Al C. says
My mom dragged me to see a psychologyst when I was a 5th grader and I got a score around 125. I remember staring at the genius chart and hoping really badly I’d belong to the 130 and above category (not just talented, but genius). I was soo close. I never wanna feel that way again, ever.
Dammit. My IQ was only 119 with the thing set to 16
Barack Obama says
I studied at some of the most prestigious universities in the country and I got a 37!! Oh ok I maybe had a little help from my numba 1 girl Nancy, but 37 is pretty dang good right???!?!?!?!?!?!
IQ means squat for most of us because our environment helps or hinders what we can achieve. Also, I do not subscribe to Hollywood style optimism, meaning if we just hope enough and try hard enough, we will overcome all obstacles in our environment. I suggest luck, or probability, plays a major role in the recognition of actual intelligent life.
I’m not sure how accurate this test is, but it gave me something to do for a few minutes :)
Answer this please: would you like to have an extremely high IQ, start university at an early age, then finish you PhD in a few years, publish tons of new results, get the “scientific” recognition via awards and prizes; yet have problem with establishing romantic relationships with women and in general with people (including the colleagues) who generally see you as an arrogant, self-absorbed man possibly due to your picky, intolerant behaviour and lack of small talk? It could be probably a tough life at times, but I would still take it since being immortal is invaluable to me!
Also, did you ever know or hear of a person like that? He is not a PhD, but I think Bobby Fischer is a good example for that kind of an “earthling” :) He is actually one of my favorite people ever.