Answer Some Questions and We'll Guess Your Core Intelligence Type

By: Marie Hullett

Answer Some Questions and We'll Guess Your Core Intelligence Type
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About This Quiz

We often think of intelligence in black-or-white terms. If someone excels at university, earns a Pulitzer Prize or makes a life-altering scientific discovery, we call them smart. Meanwhile, we tend to think of failing geometry grades or poor grammar as signifiers of lesser intelligence. However, that person who excels in chemistry might severely lack in interpersonal skills, while the person who tanks in math class might be a musical genius. Since intelligence is so multifaceted, we can hardly make left or right (hemisphere!) of it. 

For instance, imagine someone who's notoriously poor with directions and often gets lost, even when heading to their own home. Also, they have such a bad memory that they can't remember their own phone number. A total idiot, right? Wrong. Reportedly, that person was Einstein! So, next time you get lost in a foreign city, don't feel bad—just think of Einstein. OK, so you're probably not Einstein, but still. 

So, what type of intelligence do you excel in? When you answer the following questions, you can find out whether your linguistic, logical, kinesthetic, spatial, musical or interpersonal intelligence soars above the rest. Don't worry, we definitely won't ask you about your 10th-grade math test scores, either. 


You're strolling down the streets of a foreign city for the first time. What do you naturally focus your attention on?
The architecture
The city's layout
The mannerisms of the people
The sound of the language

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Many people have ideas for what they'd like to accomplish before they die. What tops your bucket list?
Write a novel
Help develop a cure for a disease
Run a marathon
Join a band

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You just secured a job in the food service industry. Which position would you prefer?
Branding/advertising
Accountant
Chef
Bartender/manager

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Team project time. Which position are you most likely to volunteer for?
The write-up
Data analysis
Graphic design
The public presentation

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You're driving around an unfamiliar city when your phone dies, so you no longer have access to a GPS. You need to get back to your hotel soon, but you don't have a map. What do you do?
Panic.
Pick up a map from a gas station or information center
Nothing. I can always find my way back without a map.
Ask someone for directions

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Pretend you're in high school gym class. It's basketball day. What's your strongest point in this sport?
Devising a strategy and remembering the plays
Dribbling, shooting and scoring
Motivating the team
Sitting on the bench

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Which of these things do you think you can do best?
Write a poem
Compose a song
Give a speech
Choreograph a dance

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People communicate with a lot more than just their words. How adept are you at reading body language?
I'm decent.
Not very good
Very good. I can dissect every nose twitch and clenched fist.
I'm definitely better at body language than verbal language ...

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Which one of these tasks instills the most fear into your heart?
Giving a public presentation
Competing in a roller derby
Singing a song on stage
Taking a math test

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Let's say you're in a bit of a bind. You're in a foreign country, and you just realized your wallet and passport are missing. What do you do?
Panic!
Call my mom
Call my bank and my embassy before carefully considering every potential solution
Pretend like everything's fine

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You're at a party. What can you most likely be found doing?
Talking to a big group
Dancing
Singing karaoke
Silently judging everyone

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Whether or not you're still in school, it's time to join an after-class activity! Which one do you pick?
Newspaper
Orchestra
Robotics
Tennis

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You get to go on a (platonic) dinner and a movie date with one of the following celebs! Who will it be?
Margaret Atwood
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Bob Dylan
Michelle Obama

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Are you an impulsive type of person, or someone who carefully weighs every outcome?
I'm pretty impulsive.
I carefully weigh every outcome.
Somewhere in between
It just depends on the situation at hand.

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You've just landed in a beautiful tropical paradise. Which of these oceanside activities are you most looking forward to?
Reading on the beach
Surfing
Chatting with locals
Playing my guitar and singing around the fire

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Time to unwind. What do you want to watch?
Sports
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
"The Voice"

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Which one of these types of art/media would you say has had the greatest impact on you?
A book
A visual artwork (like a painting, photo)
A movie
A musical album

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Board game time. Which one of these classics can you totally dominate at?
Scrabble
Sudoku
Pictionary
Cards Against Humanity

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You've been recruited to work on your friend's indie film project. Which role will you assume?
Screenwriter
Director
Set design
Audio

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You have to sit in on a university class every day this semester; I'm afraid you have no choice. Which one will you pick?
Literature
Physics
Architecture
Psychology

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You're feeling super emotional right now. How are you most likely to express your feelings?
By writing them down
By painting, drawing, or working on another craft
By channeling them into my music
By talking to a friend

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Which one of these competitions do you think you have the best chance of winning?
Short story competition
Singing competition
Model bridge-making competition
Improv comedy competition

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Time to study for a serious history test. Which way do you learn best?
By reading and taking notes
Creating detailed outlines
By visually stockpiling the information
By working with a study group

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You have a few different options for your final project for your philosophy class. You can write an essay, make a comic book, perform a play, or create a series of logic proofs. Which will you choose?
Write an essay
Make a comic book
Perform a play
Create logic proofs

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What are you friends most likely to consult you for advice about?
Personal relationships
Finance or business endeavors
Fashion/design/decor or other aesthetic decisions
Speech writing, emails, etc.

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So, you happen to be deeply in love with someone. Which one of the most common types of expressing affection (as defined by Dr. Gary Chapman) do you excel in?
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Physical touch
Quality Time

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Let's relax with help from a spiritual practice. Which will you choose?
Yoga
Meditation
Floating in a sensory deprivation tank
Crystal healing

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You're taking a train to a faraway city. How will you pass the time?
Read
Draw
Make phone calls
Listen to music

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Which of these is someone most likely to compliment you on?
Your wit
Your problem-solving abilities
Your athleticism
Your outfit

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When you're feeling really angry and worked up, how do you like to blow off some steam?
Write a biting letter
Vlog about it
Hit the gym
Sing at the top of my lungs

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