about IQ score

IQ is short for Intelligence Quotient which is an overall assessment of your thinking and logical reasoning. IQ can be defined as an intrinsic depiction of someone’s intelligence in a scientific attempt although not perfect be defined by a quantitative measurement.

The IQ test itself is a measurement of relative intelligence from a population group determined from a standardized test consisting of a multiple choice questionnaire. It is a number that measures the people's cognitive abilities (intelligence) in relation to their age group. An Intelligence Quotient indicates a person's mental abilities relative to other persons of approximately the same age. The IQ is a number that ranges from 0 to 200+ and is a ratio that is derived by comparing mental age to chronological age. The intelligence quotient is defined as 100 times the Mental Age (MA) divided by the Chronological Age (CA).

The IQ Score is normalised at 100 with the vast population falling somewhere between an IQ of 90 and 110, this range is considered normal or average intelligence. A higher IQ score means that the person is mentally advanced for his age and has a high IQ and a lower IQ means the opposite. IQs can be as high as 200 in adults and 250 in children. IQ score is therefore an attempt to measure the relative intelligence and mental agility of the person taking the test.

The top 16 percent of the population will have an IQ score above 115. The score range 115 - 124 is considered above average (e.g., university students), the score range 125-134 is considered gifted (e.g., post-graduate students). The top 2 percent of the population will have an IQ score above 130. The score range 135-144 is considered highly gifted (e.g., intellectuals), a score over 144 is considered a genius (e.g., professors, Nobel Prize winners). To better represent the overall IQ score to population, a bell curve graph is shown below illustrating the relationship.

IQ Score Range Bell Curve

The IQ Catch website incorporates three IQ bands Gold, Silver and Bronze each band represents an IQ score range from the results of the IQ Test taken, for example:

Gold Band : IQ's > 130
Silver Band : IQ's between 110 - 130
Bronze Band : IQ's < 110

This scoring category system gives a good snap shot of what an individuals intellect may be, without giving away their exact IQ score. We hope that you enjoy the use of the website and hopefully meet someone special that you are compatible with.

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The IQ Catch Team