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131 IQ-- What does it mean to me?

I completed an IQ test, and I got a score of 131. I tried to find out what 131 is from reliable sources, but everything I've found so far has told me I'm either scoring way below the standard or just meeting it.... From what I've been able to judge though, I'd like to at least comfort myself with the idea that I'm slightly above average. Am I?

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•Mildly Gifted -- 115 to 129
•Moderately Gifted -- 130 to 144
•Highly Gifted -- 145 to 159
•Exceptionally Gifted -- 160 to 179
•Profoundly Gifted -- 180
Hope this helps.

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That means you not stupid but not highly intelligent .

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It means you take IQ tests better than the average. Many don't think it really describes the intelligence, it only describes how well you take IQ tests.

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I've heard the same thing. There's gotta be something in that.
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I agree
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There are a few factors you need to consider when taking IQ tests.

Some of those completed on the Internet are reliable, some are wildly inaccurate.

In Australia a couple of years ago one of the TV channels.ran a program allowing people to do a broadcast IQ test. Since the channel and it's sponsors could scarcely risk calling anybody a dummy, all the scores were inflated, so everybody scored well.

I had a friend who is very gifted but whose IQ test showed him to be near genius level. He laughingly explained that he just liked doing IQ tests and was so familiar with their format that he always scored well.

If your 131 is a genuine score you have every reason to be pleased. Average is 90-110, by 120 you're starting to get pretty smart, and by 130 you should be able to cope with anything.

Author Isaac Asimov and General Norman Schwarzkopf were both in the 180s.

I've borrowed my friend's books and I'm trying to lift my own IQ into double figures.

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Get outta here Dozer - you're a freaking Menza chapter all by yourself!!!
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Not hardly. Can you imagine sitting around with a group of people whose greatest pleasure is to say, "Aren't we smart?"
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I got 35 on an IQ test once....

I didn't think I was that smart.
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I scored 250. Did you know that if you hack the computers you can get whatever score you want?
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Why is the above comment "a bit too colorful for our sight?"
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@jake: The Ask software is programmed to flag certain words (I imagine that h*ck is one of them -- I can't spell it out or the same thing will happen to this comment). If they're innocent the post is passed on, but not until it's been cleared by a Mod.
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Also part of it depends on the IQ test given as different tests have different variables in scoring. Even with those variables an IQ of 131 would be above average, if not in the genius level. That being said it is still up to you to work hard to do the best you can.

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Dear Avidly Apathetic,

I agree with the above answers...while IQ 100 is average intelligence, 131 definitely puts you in a gifted range. However, a couple of caveats (which people above have already touched on) are:

1. IQ tests are profoundly racist, favoring people from the culture of their developers. They do not measure what they are purported to measure.
2. IQ tests emphasize a lesser human quality anyway, intelligence, saying nothing about the beauty of a person's heart; their ability to love.

So yah, like Dozy above maybe someday I am going to read some books and see if I can nudge my own IQ into the double digits...

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Good answer, Virginia. As a teacher, I marveled at the difference between those who simply knew facts and those who I knew would do something with their knowledge. I don't like to generalize, but I gravitate toward the creative and critical thinkers.

Many bad people were very "intelligent" and many of average intelligence made exceptional contributions to our world based upon an open heart and mind and a willingness to see what is possible in the best interest of all rather than using their skills for self-interest. Because I spent so many years in college and around intellligent people I almost consider it a neutral variable in actual contributions rather than simple potential contributions based upon inherent abilities.

Perhaps my view is skewed in this regard because my circle of friends is populated with exceptionally intelligent and talented people who also care about others and the totality of their environment. If we were to form a military unit, I suspect we could immodestly call ourselves the "Renaissance Regiment". . . . . . we are an annoyance to Neocons everywhere . . . . . ;-)


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I agree SO much MelloBlue...and I love the image of you and your cadre annoying Neocons...
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Actually wish I had mentioned the creativity in that answer...goes hand in hand with the love...
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I had to look up Neocon. Great term, but it hasn't crossed the Pacific yet. Most interesting points you made there, Mello.
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Get outta here Ginny - you and Dozer are Ask's genius duo.
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Hi SavoryDave, always so glad to hear from you...

And Dozy, I hate to say this but I do wish we on this side of the Pacific had never heard of the Neocons...
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IQ tests tend to be unreliable. Smarter people tend to do better, of course, so a score of 131 would be very above average, but not genius high. But there's no evidence that a single test can measure somebody's intelligence and just wrap it up into a little number. I go to a magnet school, and while everybody is bright, some people show their real brilliance doing creative things, like art, writing, etc., and other people excel at understanding concrete classes like math.

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