# IQ tests

I’ve never liked IQ tests. I had my share of SATs and Maths competitions when I was young but do not recall ever having my IQ checked. Having interacted with very smart people from over the world, I have my feet firmly planted when it comes to my own perception of my intellect. I’m average. Ok, maybe slightly better than average since I get to teach university students.

There are lots of pattern recognition questions and that’s my beef with them. The writers of IQ tests think of a certain pattern, and pronounce you “clever” if you are able to see that same pattern that they see. But who died to make them the arbitrator of patterns?

I think these tests are flawed and worse of all one can drill for it, just like drilling for the SATs and GRE. (It not uncommon for students who cannot speak a proper english sentence to do well in verbal sections of these tests.) To demonstrate this, I did a total of 3 tests, in a day. Each consisting of 50 questions. And my score went from a modest 20 to 29 to 31. According to the grading, I was of average IQ in the morning, good IQ in the afternoon, and of very good IQ in the evening. The difference? After one test, you figured out what the pattern recognition questions are asking for. A typical example is this, if there are 3 columns with diagrams. The third column usually is the union or the difference of the first two. Another typical example is when they are you to pick the picture that is the odd one out among five. There will be two pairs of identical ones and you try to single out the singleton.

The tests, by the way, were written by a pair of UK Mensa puzzle editors. And it is interesting that your IQ is higher if you were acquainted with American presidents according to these two Brits. There were 2 out of 150 questions on American presidents but none on any type of personalities from anywhere in the world.

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