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Fact Tuesday: IQ Tests

by Countable | 10.10.17

Asked about reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a "moron," President Donald Trump told Forbes, “I think it's fake news. But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."

Well, in case there are questions about IQ tests on IQ tests (there are not), here are a couple of facts about the Intelligence Quotient… (Bonus Fact: the phrase comes from the German term "Intelligenzquotient")

  • An IQ is not based on one test, but is a score derived from several standardized tests designed to measure various forms of intelligence, both verbal and non-verbal.

  • One of the more popular tests – the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) – generates a "Full Scale IQ" based on four indexes: Verbal Comprehension Index, Perceptual Reasoning Index, Working Memory Index, Processing Speed Index. The WISC also includes the Fluid Reasoning Index.

Here are some examples of tests and what they measure:

  • Participants are given two words and have to explain how they relate (abstract verbal reason)

  • Participants put together red-and-white blocks in a pattern according to a displayed model (visual spatial processing, visual motor construction)

  • Participants are asked to define certain words and answer math problems (semantic knowledge, quantitative reasoning)

And still more facts...

How to score the Devens Test:

Subtract the number of wrong answers (or questions you can’t answer) from the correct answers. Score below 6: Illiterate; 6-20: Primary literacy; 21-25: Grammar school literacy; 26-30: Junior high school; 31-35: Senior high school; 36-42: College level.

—Josh Herman

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  • Abbi
    10/10/2017
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    IQ tests were never meant to access the intelligence of adults. It was was to access a child's ability to handle school curriculums. Granted our president is a giant child but this test will be a waste. Puerto Rico is still under water, we have a nuclear war looming and climate change is slowly cooking us. Damn it! You're both morons now get to work, help Puerto Rico recover and stop a possible war!

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  • Arthur
    10/10/2017
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    No matter what Trump’s IQ is he is still a moron

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  • Jerrey
    10/10/2017
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    Only a true narcissist would even suggest such a comparison as a national “leader”. He says anything to get attention and headlines...that to him is his addiction!

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  • Sheryl
    10/11/2017
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    I’m a trained psychometrician and gave IQ tests for years. I now interpret them. The very best indicator of intelligence is language. Trumps language scores barely put him in average range. He likely has a seventh grade reading ability judging from the words he uses. Tillerson is smarter.

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  • Vanessa
    10/10/2017
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    Hey, Foghorn Leghorn ....” I say I say... Stop it boy, your doin a lot of chopping with no chips flying!”

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  • Joanne
    10/10/2017
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    The president is lucky Mr. Tillerson is an adult. If the challenge was answered, there would be proof of just how stupid the president is.

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  • Deirdre
    10/10/2017
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    I just wish trump wasn’t such a moron

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  • Carter
    10/10/2017
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    Maybe Rex Tillerson should shut his mouth. All of you are calling him a moron when he was able to run a multi billion dollar business, he is smart, get over it.

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  • BeStrong
    10/11/2017
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    When someone says ... let’s compare IQ tests...you can be pretty sure that, that person is a moron.

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  • IamAdlr
    10/11/2017
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    He passed the IQ test with a solid 100. He thinks that means 100%.

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  • Ticktock
    10/11/2017
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    IQ test are a projection of potential not a prediction of success. Many of the greatest inventors in history weren’t geniuses but had a greater capacity to use what they possessed. Likewise many geniuses never succeed for one reason or another or are very successful in one field but are a disaster in another. We see the later in President Trump. Yes, he does have the ability to serve himself and make himself richer but he’s a disaster as a President.

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  • Tim
    10/11/2017
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    Weathers it’s true or not it’s irrelevant & not worth commenting on. All the worthless negative narrative’s put out there by media is not helping when our leaders should be on the same page with National security risks & a looming war at our door step.

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  • NoHedges
    10/11/2017
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    🔑This is a distraction, Baby Boomers either conscious or a product group think are preparing for something called the 4th 🔮 Turning, a concept made popular by Strauss and Howe in the late 90's. 🚧Evidence of this ideology can be found in many of the Dark Money groups' media, literature, and choice of speakers.

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  • AngelaWood
    10/11/2017
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    Screw an IQ test. We all know Trump thinks and acts like s 3rd grader. I wish Rex Tillerson would just open up a big ole can of whoop ass on that moronic mother fucker. We all know he's a stupid assed piece of 💩!

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  • Azrael
    10/10/2017
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    Mr Tillerson and Mr Corker are adults dealing in the real world Let’s move on from this idiocy and get something done Enough No more Stop wasting my time and tax dollars

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  • Edgar
    10/11/2017
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    The debate on this is subject makes us more morons than the president himself. Focus on the laws we need enacted, protections we needed reinstated for our LGBT and DACA children who are being used as cannon fodder.

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  • AngelaWood
    10/17/2017
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    Trump couldn't beat a 3rd grader in an IQ test. He's a complete moron just like Rex Tillerson said.

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  • John
    10/10/2017
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    Tests are tools. Apparently not for you.

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  • Christine
    10/11/2017
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    djt is losing whatever marbles he had. BOYCOTT facebook & twitter.

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  • Temple
    10/11/2017
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    Dear God, make this lunacy end! It’s a daily barrage of appalling tweets & comments...

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