Can We Guess Your Intelligence Type Based on This Word Association Test?

By: Jennifer Post

Can We Guess Your Intelligence Type Based on This Word Association Test?
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About This Quiz

If you're expecting this quiz to determine your IQ, don't get your hopes up. Rather, this quiz will measure what type of intelligence you possess. There are nine types of intelligence; spacial, naturalist, musical, logical/mathematical, existential, interpersonal, bodily/kinesthetic, linguistic and interpersonal. Each one of these intelligence types focuses on things that the people who have that type of intelligence excel at. They don't measure ways of learning or IQ levels, but rather things like how you see the world, yourself, research and facts.

This scale of intelligence can be more useful than IQ tests because that will just give you a number out of a range, but it won't tell you where you strengths lie, so that you can focus on your weaknesses and try to attain more well-rounded intelligence. These intelligence types were developed in 1983 by development psychologist, Howard Gardener. Measuring intelligence this way can help those who struggle with math or science still feel like they are smart at other things, and not get down on themselves for not being "smart." Not everyone is good at equations and theories.

The words you recognize and how you relate them to other things can help identify which type of intelligence you possess. Take this word association quiz, and we'll guess your intelligence!

When you see the word "nature" what is the first thing you think of?
Life
I think of dirt
Evergreen
Will it always be here?

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What does the word "smudge" remind you of?
Global warming
An eraser mark
A synonym for smear
The permanent smudge on society

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How does the word "humor" make you feel?
Happy
It reminds me that things can be subjective
It's a very satisfying word to say
Stressed out

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Does any emotion arise when you see the word "candy"?
Hunger
Nostalgia
A feeling of comfort
Not emotion, per se, but I wonder the origin of candy

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Are you turned off by the word "moist"?
Moist is a helpful word.
Yeah, it's gross
Not at all
I hate saying it and I hate hearing it.

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Does the word "family" have any significance to you?
Plants come from families
I mean, I have a family.
Only in the most basic terms
It makes me think of the distinction between chosen family and biological family.

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Where do you feel you see/hear the word "comfort" the most?
In times of growth
On television
Whenever someone is trying to explain their state of being
In eulogies

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Think hard about the word "effort." What do you associate the word with?
Energy
Work ethic
Fitting in
Success

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Does the word "school" give you anxiety?
School wasn't the best for me.
No, I loved school.
Not really, parts of school were awesome.
School doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

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For a lot of people, the word "death" brings about a feeling of doom. Does it do the same for you?
Death is part of the natural life cycle.
No, you can't escape death.
Death is just another word.
Yes, but I address the reason for the doom.

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In your mind, what is the word "harness" associated with?
Animal cruelty
Something used to hold one back from reaching full potential
The collection of ideas or powers
Entrapment

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Can you choose a word that best follows the word "morning"?
Sun
Coffee
Glory
Workout

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When I say "holiday" you say?
Eating
Movies
Baking
Vacation

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"Jail" makes you think of what?
Corruption
Justice
Punishment
Mice

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Does the word "shopping" bring you joy?
I love getting new stuff
No, it means spending money
Yes, the composition of the words is fun for the eye
No. Malls are always so hot

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The word "conflagration" is related to what other word/s?
Fire
Rapid oxidation
Up in smoke
Blaze

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Which antonym for the word "succubus" is the most appealing to you?
Benign
God
Heaven-sent
Angel

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Of the words below, which one makes you think of the SAT?
Anxiety
Algebra
Superfluous
Unnecessary

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How do you feel when you see the word "inspiration"?
Inspired, obviously
Light-hearted
Moody
Pressured

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When someone says they have a "present" for you, what do you say back?
What's the occasion?
Thank you
Tell them, "But I didn't get you anything!"
The present is already gone

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The word "label" is to "package" as the word "hat" is to what?
Cap
Head
Cranium
Topper

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Reading the word "memory" does what to your brain?
Nothing really
Makes me think about my childhood
Enjoy the sound of saying the word out loud
Makes me wonder where memories go when we die

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What does the word "baby" mean to you?
Rebirth
Offspring
My future
Adulthood

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Is there another word that you associate with "unencumbered"?
Free
Unstoppable
Untethered
Powerful

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Let's have some fun. How do the words "bounce house" make you feel?
Afraid for grass underneath it
Curious how much air it takes to inflate
Childlike
Like i'm going to have a great afternoon

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You associate the word "wage" with "employment," but do you associate the word "happiness" with employment as well?
If you have a job you like.
I am always happy to just be employed.
Not at first, but I can see how people get there.
Jobs only matter if you give them power over you.

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Do you associate the word "pillow" with the word "couch" or the word "bed"?
Probably bed
Definitely couch
My first thought was the word "throw"
I don't think I've ever said "couch pillow"

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Moving forward in your life, will you assign a positive or negative connotation to the word "aging"?
Positive
Aging is what it is, not positive or negative, just a fact of life.
Negative, because that's how it's perceived in the English language.
I'm doing my best to go more positive.

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When you feel like you are "thriving," to what area of your life are you usually referring?
My personal life
My career
All areas combined
If I say I'm thriving I just mean I'm alive

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Associate the emotion "content" with an action. Which action did you think of first?
Gardening
Problem-solving
Reading
Building something that will last forever

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