December 12, 2020

The Alternative Intelligence Test

IQ tests have been used for over a hundred years to gauge intellect as opposed to intelligence. There may just be another way.

Intelligence quotient (IQ) tests have been around since the early 1900s, first devised by German psychologist William Stern. 

An IQ score is derived from a standardised test designed to assess "human intelligence", although its critics claim that the test only focuses on measuring pattern recognition ability, and therefore, simply measures one's ability to evaluate something superficially.

In broad terms, intellect is the ability to use the left side of the brain. In other words, logical aspects such as arithmetic and pattern detection. Intelligence, on the other hand, is the ability to combine and harness both sides including the right-brain (the source of creativity, emotion, insight and intuition).

IQ tests are more focused on asking questions that measure this intellectual capacity and would never ask questions such as "Is it right or wrong to murder?", or "Is stealing right or wrong?"

Such questions are deemed subjective and would never be included in an IQ test.

However, such questions are a direct measure of someone's capacity for higher-mind concepts including empathy, compassion, love, sympathy, objective morality, intuition and spirituality.

IQ tests measure intellect as opposed to intelligence

As a means of redressing the balance, and to measure intelligence in its purest sense, here is a simple test to gauge right-brain cognitive ability, and ultimately, to determine a True Intelligence Quotient (TIQ) score.


To gauge holistic intelligence the above test should be used in combination with a traditional IQ test. Those with a score of 100 or above on both tests have balanced brain function and can be said to be "intelligent".

Written by George Tchetvertakov