Self-test of intelligence

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A self-test of intelligence is a psychological test that someone can take to purportedly measure one's own intelligence.

As with other intelligence tests, a self-test of intelligence normally consists of a series of verbal and non-verbal intellectual tasks and puzzles. These tests usually give the taker instructions on how to complete the tasks and offer a performance score after the test has been completed.

These self-tests can be performed in various ways that are quick, easy, and can be done at home or on the go. Web sites on the internet, apps for mobile devices, and one or more books are choices for taking these tests.

Self-tests of intelligence can contribute to the self-assessed intelligence (SAI) of a person, where SAI can be defined as people's estimates of their cognitive abilities in relation to the overall population.[1]

Resources for self-tests of intelligence[edit]

Websites on the internet[edit]

Various self-tests of intelligence are offered online on the internet, on websites like,,,, Metis International and that of IQ Certificate. The self-tests should be treated as entertainment.[2]

The official website of Mensa International, which is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world,[3] does not offer an online IQ test. It does offer an online quiz for entertainment purposes which is called "Mensa Workout". Sites that claim to offer a Mensa IQ test online may not be related to this organization.

Even though the results of a single web site may not give reliable results, it is possible to use various web sites that offer self-tests that give results that may vary.[4]

Apps for mobile devices[edit]

There are apps for devices such as smartphones and tablets for self-tests with names such as IQ Test and What's My IQ?. These apps are offered on app stores like the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

Some of these apps - for example IQ Test - Brain Training Puzzle Game and Stupidmeter - tool to test your intelligence - are mainly meant for entertainment purposes and can be considered games.


Hans Eysenck, author of early books on checking one's own I.Q.

There are also books that offer self-tests of intelligence.[5][6][7][8] Some of these books are mainly meant to train the reader for official IQ tests.

Self-tests versus other tests of intelligence[edit]

Self-tests of intelligence are quite different from tests that are administered by others, like the Woodcock–Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities, the Stanford-Binet IQ test, and the Wonderlic test as with a self-test normally no other parties are involved in the assessment of one's intelligence.

Other tests of intelligence are mostly performed under more controlled circumstances: under the supervision of trained psychologists.

Self-tests are normally based on individual motives like curiosity, test anxiety, or pride.

Characteristics of self-tests of intelligence[edit]

There are various types of self-tests of intelligence, those that offer a general score, and those that offer a score based on parts of one's abilities, like logical, numeric, expressive, spatial and other abilities. Intelligence can be seen as a very complex concept, in that it encompasses many dimensions.[9][page needed] Also emotional intelligence can be measured and self-reports of this have been investigated.[10]

Studies on self-assessed intelligence[edit]

According to Tatiana V. Kornilova et al. The concept of self-assessed intelligence (SAI) appeared at the intersection of three major fields of research: studies of self-evaluation and self-esteem, studies of lay (or implicit) theories of intelligence, and studies of intelligence as a general cognitive ability.[11]

The relation between narcissistic traits of a person who performs self-evaluations of intelligence has been studied in relation with physical attractiveness.[12]

Also, the relation between self-assessed intelligence and academic performance has been studied.[13]


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  3. ^ Percival, Matt (8 September 2006). "The Quest for Genius". CNN. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
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  5. ^ Test Your IQ: 400 Questions to Boost Your Brainpower, by Philip Carter and Ken Russell, Kogan Page, London 2009
  6. ^ Advanced IQ Tests: The Toughest Practice Questions to Test Your Lateral Thinking, Problem Solving and Reasoning Skills Testing Series, by Philip J. Carter, Kogan Page, Northwestern University, 2008 ISBN 9780749452322
  7. ^ What's Your IQ? Book and Card Kit: A Book and IQ Test to Find Out Just How Smart You Really Are! by Janet Terban Morris, Peter Pauper Press Inc. New York 2003.
  8. ^ Test Your IQ, 6th Edition, by Alfred W. Munzert, Ph.D, Pocket Books, New York 2003.
  9. ^ Ruane, Janet M. (February 2016). Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-87425-7.
  10. ^ Brackett, Marc A.; Rivers, Susan E.; Shiffman, Sara; Lerner, Nicole; Salovey, Peter (October 2006). "Relating Emotional Abilities to Social Functioning: A Comparison of Self-Report and Performance Measures of Emotional Intelligence" (PDF). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 91 (4): 780–795. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.91.4.780. PMID 17014299. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 4, 2016.
  11. ^ SELF-ASSESSED INTELLIGENCE, PERSONALITY, AND PSYCHOMETRIC INTELLIGENCE: PRELIMINARY VALIDATION OF A MODEL WITH A SELECTED STUDENT POPULATION in Psychology in Russia: State of the Art by Tatiana V. Kornilova et al.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 2012.
  12. ^ Narcissistic Illusions in Self-Evaluations of Intelligence and Attractiveness by Marsha T. Gabriel, Joseph W. Critelli and Jullana S. Ee, Journal of Personality Volume 62, Issue 1, pages 143–155, March 1994
  13. ^ Self-Assessed Intelligence and Academic Performance DOI:10.1080/01443410500390921 by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzica and Adrian Furnhamb, Published online: 19 Jan 2007