This is a continuation of my previous topic about IQ tests, where most people seemed to be in agreement that IQ scores were (for the most part) bogus, and that anyone could learn to score highly on an IQ test with deliberate practice.
Well, the official mensa website disagrees:
“barring injury or illness, your IQ does not change significantly over your life time and that you cannot ‘study’ for an IQ test”
Anyway, earlier today I took Mensa’s official practice test (online), and got a result of 105. Nothing impressive, but slightly above average placing me at the supposed 63rd percentile.
I wasn’t highly motivated, but I did take the test fairly seriously with zero distractions and used most of the allotted 25 minutes so I consider this 105 to be a fair reading.
Over the next year my intention is to study and practice IQ test problems to attempt to improve the score and bust the myth that an IQ score is fixed and does not change. At the end of 2022 I will sit a physical, formal test at a local mensa organisation and hopefully score vastly higher than I am capable of at the moment. According to google, Mensa tests seem to only score up to 160 - so I will attempt to achieve an official score between 150 and 160 (far beyond the quote-unquote “genius” category).
I apologize if the hypothesis which I set out to prove is common sense to alot of guys here, but it just annoys me that so many people are still holding the ignorant belief that “IQ scores cannot be improved over time and you cannot study for an IQ test” so I would like to be living proof that the opposite is true, and I thought this would be a fun project to try.
I will not practice obsessively, but I think a little bit of sporadic work over the course of a year will be easily sufficient to boost my score by ~45+ points (3 standard deviations) to prove mensa wrong