IQ is a peculiar measure of intelligence prized by some (presumably members of Mensa) and disregarded by others. Having a high IQ doesn't guarantee career success, relationship success, or school success. What it can mean, however, is that your ability to think on your feet will be valuable in the narrow areas that are your aptitudes.
IQ tests can measure a person's IQ a number of different ways. Some tests are mostly mechanical, giving participants physical puzzles to solve in an allotted time. These tests are usually reserved for children, the color blind, or other people unable for whatever reason to take the written test. Where the rubber meets the road is when IQ is put to work in the real world, solving problems on the job or in everyday life. Only there can true intelligence be measured, because only then does any of it really matter.
So are you a genius, or a bozo? Can you match wits with Mensa, or are you intellectual chaff? You could go to an IQ testing center and spend hours on complicated and ultimately irrelevant questions all afternoon, or you could sit in the comfort of your home and in a few short minutes have the answer you've been looking for. Take this quiz and find out how high you'll score.
HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, our writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things we're most excited to learn about with nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month. You can learn more about us in our FAQ.
HowStuffWorks' award-winning apps for iPhone, iPad and Android have been downloaded millions of times from fans throughout the globe.