Is Your IQ Higher Than the Average American?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Is Your IQ Higher Than the Average American?
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About This Quiz

Some people are naturally clever - in a very specific way. That's their "intelligence quotient" or IQ. The average is 100. Genius is 140. Are you over the average?
Were you in any AP classes?
All of them
One or two
One
Nope

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Are you great at math?
I am math.
I am very good.
I'm decent.
It's not my strong suit.

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At what age were you reading on your own?
3
4
5
6

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Do you find most people just a teensy bit... well, thick?
Most, and more than a teensy bit
Quite a few, yes
Some, yes
Not really

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Can you read a spreadsheet?
Yes, I love spreadsheets!
Yes, that's fine for me.
Sure, just about
Only if it is not too complex

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Can you memorize a poem?
I have memorized whole books of the stuff.
I have memorized several of Shakespeare's sonnets, at least one psalm, and the first 100 lines of Coleridge's Kubla Khan.
If they're funny or especially good.
I know some dirty limericks.

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How about remembering a phone number?
I know all of my friends' numbers by heart.
I know a few key numbers.
I know my boo's number and my folks' number.
I know my own number.

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Are you good at deductive reasoning?
Elementary, my dear Watson
I'm pretty good, yes.
I get by.
Not a strong suit for me

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Roughly what is your vocabulary?
Over 80,000 words
60,000 words
30,000 words
15,000 words

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Did you ever read ahead of your grade level?
Yes, by four grades
Yes, by two grades
Yes, by a grade
Only occasionally

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Can you play an instrument?
I play four.
I play one.
I tinker a little.
Nope

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Can you see patterns?
Yes, I see them whether or not they're there.
Yes, when they are there.
Yes, if they are not too obscure.
If I am coached in the relevant field, I suppose I can.

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Do you instinctively recognize the Golden Mean when you see it?
Yes, it's 1:1.618 and it's beautiful.
Yes, it's in sunflowers... I think.
I think I can.
I don't know what that is.

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When you were a kid on the playground, could you instinctively figure out that the seesaw worked best if the bigger kid sat further away from the middle?
Yes, even if there were several of us.
Yes, if we were just two.
Yes, after experimenting
No, someone had to tell us.

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How much do plot holes in movies bother you?
SO MUCH
A bit, depending on the genre
Not much unless they're really bad
Only if they are pointed out

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How's your Sudoku game?
Mighty indeed
Strong
Decent
Sudoku is boring!

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And your Minesweeper talents?
I can finish expert in under a minute.
I can finish expert in under 2 minutes.
I can finish expert.
I can finish intermediate.

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Can you read maps?
Yes, even upside down and in foreign languages.
Yes, if they are not badly written.
I can, though currently my GPS has blunted my edge.
No, that's what GPS is for.

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How's your emotional intelligence?
It's above average, but not good.
It's astonishingly good.
It's OK.
It's about in the middle.

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What sort of humor do you like best?
Puns!
Witticisms
Slapstick
Fart jokes

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How many books do you read per year?
Over 100
About 50
About 25
I don't really read whole books.

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How easily manipulated are you?
Not very
Not at all: I can spot the signs and think up or down to my opponents' level.
I'm weirdly gullible considering I'm quite smart - it's like they hook you with a fact and a compliment and then go from there.
Very

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Do you have a lot of empathy?
It comes and goes, depending on who I'm dealing with.
Yes, a great deal
Yes, a good amount
Yes, a healthy amount

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Do you understand other people's positions more instinctively, or intellectually?
Intellectually
A mix, whichever I prefer - it's like using filters on Instagram.
Mostly instinctive but I can also think through it.
Almost entirely instinctive

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Not everyone gets a shot at a good education, but smart folks tend to stand out wherever they are. Did you tend to outperform others on the same course as you?
Yes, I got bullied for it.
Yes, I was admired for it.
Yes, but not remarkably so.
Not really

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Do you instinctively understand how an igloo stays up?
Yes, and I can explain it: the blocks are all falling down into each other so the load is distributed and they stand up.
Yes, it's just an arch but round.
Yes, but I can't exactly explain it.
No, it's like magic.

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Do you retain a lot of general knowledge?
Yes, I went on Mastermind once.
Yes, I went on Jeopardy once.
I know a thing or two.
I know a lot about one or two sports.

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How many national flags do you think you could identify?
Over 80
Over 50
Maybe 30
Mine, plus like 10 others

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What is the wind?
It's when there is an area of high pressure and an area of low pressure and the air moves from the higher to the lower pressure place, and we feel it, in accordance with the Bernoulli effect.
It's a movement of air from high to low pressure.
It's air blowing from one place to another.
It's like a breeze but bigger.

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Do you tend to question what you are told?
Constantly, including what I tell myself
Yes, mostly
Only if the teller seems dumb
Only if the teller is a weirdo

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