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Daniel Meadows
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Anyone in the UK bother with this? It was a show that asked 70 Mensa style multiple choice questions, and had the audience divided into "students", "teachers", "builders", "blondes", "twins" and "celebrity".

From all the different groups they divided the scores into:

England got an average IQ of 108, joint with N. Ireland. Scotland 107. Wales 106.

Grey-haired people had the highest average at 113.

Blue-eyed had highest at 109.

Aquarius had the highest at 110.

Men average 111. Woman 104. Ha!

This was based on the 100,000 people that did it on the web.

From the studio audience:

Teachers just beat students at the top.
Celebs+twins+blondes came last.

It can't have been that accurate, or I should have an IQ of 135! (Even if I am a blue-eyed, Aquarius, male student from England!) If only I had the grey hair... If only!
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Well, I didn't bother since IQ tests are pretty flawed and crude. And that's not because I'm Scottish!! Smile
Daniel Meadows
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The funny thing about IQ tests are that different tests have different scales, when you would assume that they were all standard. That and the fact that the test was knowledge based in parts, when IQ tests are not meant to be knowledge dependent.
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I only took the test 'cuz my teenage son had printed off specimen test sheets. And I'm glad to say that I scored higher than him. And my wife was miffed to score lower than both my son and I. (And I'm making a lot on non-politically-correct capital out of that, as you can imagine!)

The calculations were rather coarse. At the end, you converted a number into an IQ via an age-related look-up table. I'm just 55, and one band was 55-69, another was 35-54. So had I taken the test a few months ago, I'd have scored 8 less. And that's quite a difference, I think.

It had a different "norm" to some other tests. Mensa always used to say that the top 2% scored 148 or more in the Mensa Cattell test. But, on this test, the top 2% level was 130 (we were told).

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I was one of the saddo's with nothing better to do on Saturday night than take the test. Modesty (or is it shame?) prevents me from revealing my final score.

I would have liked to have seen some of the celebrities be those that contributed to the "50 Greatest Magic Tricks" show. I wonder how well Jenny Eclair would have scored?
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according to the IQ test for dogs mine is off the scale. Smile
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Hi,
I did one of the Mensa tests, years ago, a home one first, then because of my score, the proper 2 hour test at Swansea uni.

certified 141

I suppose that's why I am good at Puzzles and stuff

Phillip Smile
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They did a similar one here in Australia but they also added the catagorie 'Kiwis'. (New Zealanders) I think they fared the worst.
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As a member of Mensa (IQ -- 157), I used to go to the weekly lunch meetings when I lived in the city.
About the only thing I could figure that the members had in common, other than the high IQ, was that most of them were unemployed!
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