Everyone at some point has wanted to know what their IQ is.
As a long-standing indicator of somebody’s intelligence and problem-solving ability, it is widely sought – even if it is just for bragging rights.
Everybody has one, and loves to compare it to their favourite celebrities and famously great minds like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
But what exactly does IQ mean and how do you find out what yours is?
What does IQ mean?
While most people have searched for an IQ test in their lifetime, not many actually knows what it stands for.
It stands for Intelligence Quotient and is defined as a number representing a person’s reasoning ability as compared to the statistical average for their age.
IQ society Mensa says intelligence is ‘often confused with knowledge, wisdom, memory’ and that IQ scores are mostly used to ‘measure a person’s mental agility’ instead of their overall intelligence.
What is the average IQ in the UK?
The average IQ by country varies significantly across the world – usually coupled with how advanced each nation’s education system and economy is.
According to World Population Review, the UK is ranked 20th in the world with an average of 99.12, compared to 95.13 in neighbouring Ireland and 96.69 in France.
Earlier this year, the parents of 10-year-old Reiss Sanders were shocked to discover his genius status following a 100% score on a test with Mensa. Step-dad Stephen also took the test alongside Reiss to calm his nerves, only to discover that he too qualified to join the organisation after scoring highly.
How to find out your IQ
Many websites offer problem-solving quizzes to help users find their all-important IQ score, but for those who want an accurate picture of their intelligence need to complete a Mensa-recognised test.
British Mensa offers officials, supervised tests using two separate methods – the Cattell III B and the Cattell Culture Fair III A. Participants who score in the top 2% of the population qualify for membership of the organisation – a bragging right but also a major academic achievement.
Mensa currently has around 145,000 members worldwide – 20,000 of them from the UK alone.