100xOdds
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July 14th, 2020 at 9:53:51 AM permalink
Saw his Facebook post that he just took the IQ test.
i would have assumed his IQ was over 130 and was already in Mensa.

Wiz, why did you wait till now to take the IQ test?
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July 14th, 2020 at 10:37:11 AM permalink
Thank you for the compliment. I didn't wait until now. I took it before, in I believe 2009, and did not meet the 130 requirement. I write all about it in my next newsletter, coming out Thursday.
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July 14th, 2020 at 11:02:49 AM permalink
I was tested at 145, and Wiz you got me stomped at a lot of things. The Mensa people are an odd lot, generally speaking I don't care for them.
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July 14th, 2020 at 11:16:30 AM permalink
Congratulations are making 145! I am not surprised.

As mentioned in my upcoming newsletter, I have a $100 bet that I don't meet the Mensa requirements. I choked on the memory section of the test and was not impressed with myself on others that required doing very easy tasks fast. What is sad is I think I'm generally good at taking tests, so I can't use that excuse. Plus, I have failed the 130 requirement before, but I don't know by how much.

I am not well rounded in my abilities at all. For example, I am awful at word puzzles. The average three-year-old could probably beat me at Concentration. Getting my excuses in a row for when I fail...again.
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July 14th, 2020 at 3:42:37 PM permalink
I tested at 136 but never bothered to join Mensa. I have always heard the people are super weird.

I honestly don’t think it means much, or at the most is just a small part of what makes someone “smart”. I’ve met a lot of people who purportedly high IQ yet not very functional, and some fairly successful people who I think are kinda dumb.

I would imagine IQ means more at the lower end of the spectrum. An IQ of 90 might mean difficulty learning to read, while an IQ of 50 means trouble learning to talk.

I’d also guess that returns on IQ probably diminish very quickly after 115 or so.
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July 14th, 2020 at 3:56:23 PM permalink
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July 15th, 2020 at 7:12:14 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Congratulations are making 145! I am not surprised.

As mentioned in my upcoming newsletter, I have a $100 bet that I don't meet the Mensa requirements. I choked on the memory section of the test and was not impressed with myself on others that required doing very easy tasks fast. What is sad is I think I'm generally good at taking tests, so I can't use that excuse. Plus, I have failed the 130 requirement before, but I don't know by how much.

I am not well rounded in my abilities at all. For example, I am awful at word puzzles. The average three-year-old could probably beat me at Concentration. Getting my excuses in a row for when I fail...again.




I'm not in Mensa, but I have some friends who are in. Forget about strange. Mensa has hot babes -- that's what counts!

Anyway, some advice. I took a boatload of IQ tests when I was a kid (not my choice). One was out there or, as I always say, I may be misremembering and conflating it with my best bowling average year. The others had a wide variance. Now I never practiced or took practice tests, so these were all proctored IQ tests. Literally, I had almost a 30-point variance, and that's not counting the bowling average test. My point is -- one test does not mean much, especially if you have a range of motivation and stress associated with taking the tests at different times.

So even if you sucked previously, I think pure variance will give you a shot.

The thing about being older -- I am not gonna retake an IQ test, or at least not without a lot of practice. I am terrified to find out how much my IQ has dropped over 40 years. Also, motivation is part of it. When you are young, you can muster up the laser concentration needed to care about and focus for the length of the test and pretend it means something. As you get older, amping yourself up and focusing gets tougher to pull off. I liken it to Ender's Game stuff.

Anyway, good luck, and don't fret if you fail. You can always retake and variance may get you home. The folks I hang with -- I'm low man on the IQ totem poll. I prefer it that way. If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.
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July 15th, 2020 at 10:37:56 AM permalink
I was accepted into MENSA based on a test I did when I was about 15. As I recall it was a Weschler test and I was just over the limit, about 132, (which may be different today as it appears 130 or above is accepted). I'm probably about 85 by now :)

I joined for a year, but after that I just went to meetings once in a while and paid the $5 charge.

And as others have said, most of the people are pretty strange. And I never experienced this, but apparently there is a lot of sex going on during annual gatherings.
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July 15th, 2020 at 10:53:15 AM permalink
Quote: redietz

I'm not in Mensa, but I have some friends who are in. Forget about strange. Mensa has hot babes -- that's what counts!

Anyway, some advice. I took a boatload of IQ tests when I was a kid (not my choice). One was out there or, as I always say, I may be misremembering and conflating it with my best bowling average year. The others had a wide variance. Now I never practiced or took practice tests, so these were all proctored IQ tests. Literally, I had almost a 30-point variance, and that's not counting the bowling average test. My point is -- one test does not mean much, especially if you have a range of motivation and stress associated with taking the tests at different times.

So even if you sucked previously, I think pure variance will give you a shot.

The thing about being older -- I am not gonna retake an IQ test, or at least not without a lot of practice. I am terrified to find out how much my IQ has dropped over 40 years. Also, motivation is part of it. When you are young, you can muster up the laser concentration needed to care about and focus for the length of the test and pretend it means something. As you get older, amping yourself up and focusing gets tougher to pull off. I liken it to Ender's Game stuff.

Anyway, good luck, and don't fret if you fail. You can always retake and variance may get you home. The folks I hang with -- I'm low man on the IQ totem poll. I prefer it that way. If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.



I also was given quite a few IQ tests, through public school.

I am not sure what I scored on the first one, when I was really young. Maybe 8 years old. It must have been under 130 though as I was not placed into the “gifted program”. I don’t really remember too much about the test, only that I was confused as to why I was being pulled out of class without much explanation. I probably thought I was in trouble or something, which probably effected my performance.

All tests after that in my teenage years were in the mid-130’s.

I also think my IQ has probably gone down in the past decade or so since I was last tested. Not sure if I would bother getting tested again, how much does it cost?
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July 15th, 2020 at 11:18:59 AM permalink
Yeah, I think the first one I took to get into the "gifted" program, I got a 142 or a 145. I think I was highest in my (little) class, so I wound up taking quite a few more over the years. Scores ranged from low 130's to low 160's except for the one outlier. The first test wound up being right in the middle of the range, but it was a bit of a range. My girlfriend and her brother are both 160+. The dude scored perfect on the math SAT. Those people are freaky.

I'm not sure I'd qualify for Mensa right now. I'm 62 and my memory ain't what it used to be. The idea that I was "smarter" when I was 12 kind of irks me, so I'm not looking to take any more IQ tests in my life. I hate the whole IQ test stuff and the trivia exams. Something like the spelling bees drive me up a tree. Kids should be taught how to think critically, how to reason. Not how to do well in trivia contests.
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