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New IQ Test Devised 

What is intelligence and how do we rate a person’s academic potential?

What constitutes a high IQ has consumed many hours of very
smart people’s brains, yet finally a new test has emerged from Cambridge
University that combines 12 different aspects of intelligence to pin point a
person’s neurological abilities.

In the latest edition of New Scientist, published yesterday, Dr Adrian Owen
outlines his ‘Pillars of Wisdom’ and offers readers a chance to test
their intelligence.

See the test, take the test, be ready to be surprised!

(It’s claimed it only takes 30 minutes)

To date educationalists, psychologists have relied on the
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale that takes over an hour and a half assesses
vocabulary, comprehension and maths. 

In assessing IQ the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale ranks
people on according to a bell curve, where the normal IQ is 100, above 130 is
classed as gifted and talented, while those who score below 70 are considered
to be intellectually disadvantaged.

Yet critics believe that the test is too narrow and
should be broken down further into various abilities.

The Cambridge University Test has been broken down into
the following categories:

1.  Visuospatial working memory: (stored information) a short term memory spatial test
where you have to remember the position of numbers. 

2.  Spatial Working Memory: (organizing your memory)where your asked to read a
statement and look at a picture to decipher whether the statement is true of

3.  Focused attention: (tests your ability to inhibit word association) two words flash on the screen, green or
red. You click on the word that describes the color of the ink of the word.

4.  Mental Rotation:  (being able to see things, ie a map from a different perspective)a
group of 9 patterns appear on the screen one will be different from all the
rest, which one is it?

5.  Working Memory: (tests memory and strategy) a series of patterns flash onto the
screen and you need to recall the pattern.

6.  Mental Rotation: (association two items to the memory) two boxes with dots or
different colors are placed on the screen at either a 90 or 180 degree angle or
a mirror image.  You need to mentally
work out if the boxes if at the same angle have the same pattern.

7.  Visual Attention: (deductive reasoning) two boxes contain different shapes
what you need to do is work out if these boxes are identical or not.

8.  Verbal Working Memory: (linking images to objects) A
sequence of numbers is flashed onto the screen and you need to recall them

9.  Planning: Numbers are positioned
onto a tree format in both red and green balls. 
The numbers are out of sequence, have only limited places to move but
need to be repositioned with the least possible moves.

10.  Paired associates: (Verbal reasoning) boxes appear on
the screen with different images then are hidden.  You have to match the position of the box to
the screen.

11.  Visuospatial Processing: shapes appear on the
screen, with an overlapping shape.  You
need to identify if the shape is the same as another on the screen

12.  Spatial Working Memory: planning and organizing test in
which boxes appear on the screen and you have to search through the boxes until
you find a token.  The all will disappear
and you have to remember where the token was hidden.

The test is fun, no doubt about it, but if your
anything like me, be ready for a complete shock, you may not be as
bright as you thought you’d be. For every test you’re place on a bell
curve and hey, I’m well below average…so it seem on every test! Can
that really be right?
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comments about it being OK to fail such a test, or maybe someone has a
theory about how scientists are rigging these tests to make themselves
look very very smart.
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