When Alfred Binet, the French psychologist, started to develop intelligence tests in 1904 he had no idea what he had started. What was later to become the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests are really only applicable to children. But it doesn't stop the rest of us wanting to have a go. The BBC is running a live National IQ Test one Saturday night next month after it's huge popularity on European TV. By way of training here are some straightforward IQ questions to get you in the mood (there are no trick answers). Let me know how well you do.
01. Which one of the following is least like the other four?
Celery - Lettuce - Onion - Grape - Asparagus
02. Emily is four years old. Her big sister Amy is three times as old as Emily. How old will Amy be when she is twice as old as Emily?
03. Bowl is to cereal as envelope is to?
Mailman - Stamp - Letter - Mailbox - Mailbag
04. What would the next number be?
05. WOLF to to FLOW as 8526 is to:
2856 - 6258 - 5862 - 5682 - 6852
06. If you rearrange the letters UGNAIA, you have the name of:
a river - a planet - a city - an animal - a plant?
07. Niece is to nephew as brother is to:
Cousin - Aunt - Mother - Daughter - Sister
08. Let's say that the following arguments are true:
Some gatekeepers are warriors
Some warriors are cowards
Therefore, we can conclude that some gatekeepers must be cowards.
Is this conclusion true or false?
09. That would be the next number in this series:
10. Which of the following five is least like the other four?
Smile - Grin - Frown - Touch - Sneer