How good is an IQ of 130?
An 'average IQ score' or 'normal IQ score' can be defined as a score between 85 and 115. The Mensa qualifying IQ score is a score that puts you in the top 2% of the population in a bell curve like this one. The Mensa qualifying score is 130 or higher, as shown below.
Genius IQ is generally considered to begin around 140 to 145, representing ~.25% of the population (1 in 400). Here's a rough guide: 115-124 - Above average (e.g., university students) 125-134 - Gifted (e.g., post-graduate students)
- And just in case all that isn't enough, Lydia achieved the highest possible score — 162 — on her Mensa IQ test. That's higher than celebrated physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, who scored 160.
- An IQ of 147 (if scaled with a standard deviation of 15 points) is a very high score. Look at this bell curve to see how IQ scores are distribuited: In fact, an IQ of 147 belongs to the 99.91th percentile, therefore its rarity is 1/1100 people. With an IQ of 147, you can qualify for a lot of IQ societies.
- An IQ score of 70 or below is considered a low score. Remember, on most standardized tests of intelligence, the average score is set at 100. Anything over 140 is considered high or genius-level. Sixty-eight percent of all scores fall within plus or minus 15 points of the mean (so between 85 and 115).
IQ Percentile and Rarity Chart
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- High range IQ tests are usually not timed, but most can take 20 hours or more to complete. They generally come in four flavours: Verbal, numerical, spatial, and logical. Any single test can include all or one of these categories.
- Here are five ways, but it really all boils down to stretching your brain by learning new things:
- Become a renaissance man. Or woman.
- Play the brain game Dual N-Back. Do this 20 minutes a day.
- Do regular high cardio exercise.
- Learn an instrument.
- Buy the book Boost Your IQ by Carolyn Skitt, and play all the games.
- While different test publishers utilize different scoring systems, for many modern IQ tests the average (or mean) score is set at 100 with a standard deviation of 15 so that scores conform to a normal distribution curve. 68 percent of scores fall within one standard deviation of the mean (that is, between 85 and 115).
According to the Current Wechsler (WAIS–IV, WPPSI–IV) IQ classification, a score of 130 and above is very superior. 95% of humanity falls between 70 and 130 (or 2 standard deviations from the mean of 100), so a person with an IQ of 131 is effectively smarter than 97.5% of the people.
- So yearn to learn from experience but not for scores. An IQ of 111 is at the 77th percentile. Many psychologists consider this to be the lowest score that falls within the “High Average” range. 90–110 is usually considered to be Average.
- A 121 will put you in the 92nd percentile and in the "superior" range. This means that in a room full of 100 people, about 7 people would have a higher IQ than you. This is a very good score!! Below is a link to an article I blogged on IQ tests.
- Yes, 129 is very high average. An I.Q between 90 and 110 is considered average; over 120, superior. Roughly 68% of the population has an IQ between 85 and 115. The average range between 70 and 130, and represents about 95% of the population.
Updated: 18th November 2019