View Full Version : What is the IQ scale?

08-21-2002, 09:30 AM
What is the IQ scale?

08-21-2002, 09:40 AM
something that is very inaccurate...

take the test twice and you're likely to get scores that are
significantly different :)

08-21-2002, 09:46 AM
What is the rangle of numbers, seriously, I need it for a project
por favor, para mi senor...esta pensando para el dia el en futuro...es obvio

btw i like ur picture of the cat, i love cats

08-21-2002, 10:01 AM
thanks :)

In such a case, internet is a better place to find info than these
message boards.

08-21-2002, 10:07 AM
Yes this really is an appropriate time to go googling, aye mate?

08-21-2002, 10:09 AM
Average: 85 - 115
Above average: 116 - 125
Gifted Borderline Genius: 126 - 135
Highly gifted and appearing to be a Genius to most others: 136 - 145
Genius: 146 - 165
High Genius: 166 - 180
Highest Genius: 181 - 200
Beyond being measurable Genius: Over 200

08-21-2002, 11:55 AM
As far as your scale goes, it's not very useful to give terms to IQs. You're defining something you don't understand with terms that you probably don't have well-defined meanings for.

IQ scores are based on a bell curve, not on a linear scale - look it up for more information; I wouldn't use the chart you posted for a project, though. It doesn't even use the standard terms that psychologists correlate to the various scores. You also need to differentiate between IQ scores on various tests (the Stanford-Binet test is only one of several).

Keep in mind that IQ tests measure only a limited range of intelligences; whether or not you believe there are seven types of basic intelligence or only a few, there is good reason to believe that there are at least several ways of measuring intelligence of individuals, each of which give wildly different results.

Furthermore, IQ tests are tainted by a history of being used in negative and mean-spirited ways. The original use of the IQ test scale was the try to determine who needed the most help in the classroom (note: originally, an IQ was determined by dividing the mental age by the actual age and then multiplying by one hundred. How you determine the mental age? The first solution was to simply give a lot of idiotic tests and hope the bad ones cancelled out.) Unfortunately, they were often given under poor testing conditions - take as an example the tests given to members of the military before WWII - the conditions were atrocious, but were still used to separate groups. (Incidentally, it was possible to score a negative IQ on those tests! The test takers took points off of people who got nothing right if they determined it was necessary.)

Take a look at, for instance, Stephen J. Gould's The Mismeasure of Man, for more information on the history of IQ tests.

08-21-2002, 12:54 PM
uhh...that's off of a webpage buddy...cut and paste...

08-21-2002, 01:21 PM
I was under the impression that your IQ value is relative to the IQ of the general population, with 100 therefore being average. Dont know if thats true though...

The bit above has gotta be true though, I'm pretty sure a normal distribution of IQ's is observed throughout a population.

08-21-2002, 01:26 PM
>What is the IQ scale?
The scale itself varies from test to test, you'll need to be more specific as to which test you want the scale for.


08-21-2002, 02:08 PM
>Genius: 146 - 165

thats wrong

Genius level starts at 160.

08-21-2002, 02:14 PM
I guess he wanted to keep the test takers happy
by reducing the scale to 146...

gee.. i thought i was a genius :) :D

08-21-2002, 03:11 PM
You can be as smart as hell, but if you aren't an interesting person i don't want to have any business with you, be it as small a business as conversation, or a business of making money.

08-21-2002, 03:53 PM
Originally posted by Aran Elus
You can be as smart as hell, but if you aren't an interesting person i don't want to have any business with you, be it as small a business as conversation, or a business of making money.

That's because you're a jerk...

People are judged too much on their social skills; not how hard
they work, not how determined they are. Nope, only how well
they interact with others. Screw others. I still think that the whole
concept of socializing is anti-nature. I've watched nature shows.
Those animals don't socialize; they don't obsess over how many
friends they have, or how interesting they appear to be to other
animals. Not at all, they just hang out, by themselves, under a
tree. That's the life for me, baby.

It sucks so much. People that lead an uneventful, non-interesting
life, and have no personality are pretty much screwed. They have
no chance of advancing at their job.

That's why I plan to start my own multi-zillion dollar company. And
I'm not going to hire any of those annoying, sunshiney, stupid,
little secretary girls that always smile...

"Hi, how may I help you?"

08-21-2002, 05:14 PM
people who aren't interesting (in my perspective) are those that you mentioned as having no personalities and yes-men.

08-22-2002, 11:56 AM
who cares...calm down people sheesh

08-22-2002, 01:52 PM
The IQ "Bell Curve" is actually fairly accurate when people understand what it _actually represents_.

IQ is _NOT_, and I emphasize this, NOT a measure of how intelligent you are. It is a measure of how many things you can learn about. Hence it is a matter of exposure.

If you have done, and been exposed to a lot of things, and are young-- your IQ will be very high. As demonstrated by "child prodigy" syndrome, and later the child is unable to 'measure up' to the IQ s/he was tested at as a toddler...

The average person will range somewhere between 110 and 120, so are somewhat more knowledgeable than the "average" bell curve index of 100.

Police Officers in the USA are not allowed to be higher than 104 (they represent jack-booted thugs, anyway). Most African Americans rate 85 or lower. Again, observation bears this number out-- NOT because these people are in any way "stupid", but because they are usually not exposed or knowledgeable about a great deal of things outside of their culture.

I don't consider myself anywhere near 'Genius', but I do have an extremely broad and deep understanding of vast amounts of knowledge. So naturally, I rate very highly on the IQ scale and have all my life. But again-- it's not a measure of intelligence, just my ability to learn.

Even so, I take the number with a grain of salt. I wish I WERE a genius. :) I know a guy who is over 200 on the scale (no joke)-- he is a BOUNCER at a local pub. he's been on TV, he's known. But he doesn't have any ambition to use his smarts. If I were him, I would be using my greater cogitive powers to answer riddles of the ages, or solve world problems (like waste disposal). But he doesn't. He fritters his time away as a bouncer, and writes his biography... weird.

Go figure.

08-22-2002, 10:47 PM
Just thought I'd throw in my $0.02 and say that along the bell curve thing. A person of an IQ at 200 is not twice as smart at a person at 100. It's not linear.

So um, yeah.

have a good day.

08-22-2002, 11:24 PM
People are judged too much on their social skills...

I don't think he was referring to social skills, rather one's personality. IMO, personality is combined from a multitude of traits, such as the degree of interaction one takes with others, one's sense of humour (or possibly lack thereof), one's work ethic, one's honesty, one's kindness, and probably a few others. Somebody doesn't have to be incredibly funny to have a good personality; that person could be really nice and honest. Whereas the other person can interact well with others and has a good sense of humour. Both styles make a good person, IMO. However, some styles appeal to certain people while other styles appear to another group of people. This is where social status comes into play. More often than not, I bet, one's personality determines their social status. The person who is honest and nice might not be the most popular person because there are probably more people out there who find a funny guy more appealing. All in all, though, that nice person doesn't have a bad personality; it's just that nice person falls into a different social status.

Well, after all that rambling I still even need to restate my point. My point is that one's personality is determined by many traits, and a person typically determines their social status. There are always going to be different social statuses for however long humans are alive. It's a fact of life and being bitter about it is not going to solve anything. Actually enough I have no problem with it at all because I feel that I fall into all of those categories.:D


EDIT: man, i'm not even sure if i know what i was talking about after all that lol...

08-23-2002, 03:51 AM
I am smart. I am also dumb. It is great to be both because without contrast, neither exists. My .02