Old IQ Tests




   To get some feeling for the differences between a 1945 IQ test for college students and equivalent tests today, here are 10 examples of questions that are very similar to those appearing in 1945. There were 90 questions on that test, to be answered in 30 minutes. These would be questions typical of that test, except that, tonight, I can't include graphical questions. These tests were accurate in their day. It may be noted that the types of questions on them are slanted toward crystallized intelligence rather than fluid intelligence. For this reason, they might not be as subject as other tests to the Flynn Effect. I believe this test went up to an IQ of 160.
    A full-blown, 90-item test could probably be arranged. I would have to depend upon its near-identity with one of the original tests, or to an informal norming to establish IQ scores for it. Please write me or post a message on the bulletin board if you'd like to see such thing. Another option would be to honestly norm, and if necessary, enhance, some of the IQ tests that are currently available over the Internet.

These are among the easiest questions on the test:

  1.  
Tedious means   1. difficult   2. humble   3. tiresome   4. borderline   5. awkward

  2.  If
4 is less than 5 but more than 2, make a cross in the fourth blank; if less than 5 and less than 2, make a cross in the third blank.   1.___   2. ___   3.___   4.___  5. ___.

  3.  The study of ________ is a prerequisite to becoming a professional weather forecaster.   
1.  mensuration    2.  dramaturgy    3.  paleontology    4.  choreography    5.  meteorology.

These are intermediate-level questions:
 
 4.  
16, 14, 13, 11, 10, 8, __, __. What two numbers come next?   (1)  6 and 5    (2)  7 and 5    (3)  7 and 6     (4)  7 and 4     (5)  6 and 4.

  5.  
Square is to triangle as cube is to   (1)  cone    (2)  sphere    (3)  ellipsoid    (4)  parallelipiped    (5)  octohedron.

  6.  
2,  4,  6,  18,  21,  84,  ___,     (1)  88    (2)  332    (3)  87     (4)  252     (5)  168.

  7.  
Ethnic is to Somaliland as religious is to    (1)  heretic    (2)  race    (3)  persecution    (4)  Moslem.   (5)  conviction.

  8.  A
gabardine is a   (1)  gown    (2)  weapon    (3)  glove    (4)  footwear    (5)  handkerchief

These are the last four (hardest) questions on the test:

  9.  Make a cross in the blank representing the number of odd numbers smaller than ten that are exactly divisible by
fifty-one divided by seventeen.    (1) __     (2)  __      (3)  __     (4)  __     (5)  __

10.  
Habit is to desuetude as deteriorate is to    (1)  decay    (2)  building    ameliorate    delete    destroy

11.
  3125, 256, 27, __    What number comes next?    (1)  1     (2)  9     (3)  3    (4)  4    (5)  8

12
. To descry is to:   (1)  bemoan    (2)  shriek     (3)  repine     (4)  warn    (5)  discover