Are IQ Tests a True Measure of Intelligence?


noun: intelligence

the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.


Recently, in my psychology class, my professor mentioned that existing IQ tests are not a true test of intelligence. She argued that IQ tests are set up with educated people in mind, paying little attention to cultural diversity and skill.


For instance, this map shows the accuracy of my professor’s evaluation of IQ tests, due to fact that its representation was created from standardized tests results. According to this map, Africa has the lowest IQ followed by South America and they conveniently placed the Western world and some parts of Asia as having the highest IQ. Is this map a true depiction of IQ? Absolutely not! Until cultural specific IQ tests are created to evaluate the intelligence of people in developing countries, such fallacious and stereotypic generalization must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, some people still believe Africans live on trees. Is it true? No!

A sample of an IQ test

In Howard Gardner 1983 book Frames of Mind, he mentioned that there are 8 types of intelligence, which are:

#1 Verbal intelligence: Words & language proficiency.

#2 Mathematical intelligence:  Calculations and number operations proficiency.

#3 Spatial intelligence: Creativity and technical proficiency.

#4 Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: Body language proficiency.

#5 Musical intelligence:  Sound proficiency.

#6 Interpersonal intelligence:  People skill.

#7 Intrapersonal intelligence: Mind & life skill.

#8 Naturalist intelligence:  Nature & wildlife skill.


So next time before you say someone or a group of people are unintelligent, refer to these traits. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, feel free to leave your reactions and suggestions in the comment section. 

Thanks for reading! ❤️



Reference: Life Span Development – Santrock 6e

20 thoughts on “Are IQ Tests a True Measure of Intelligence?

  1. Aha, so very true. I’ve never thought of academics as intelligent, clever maybe 😀. I’ve been in construction carpentry for 17 years and when they say construction workers are ‘thick’ (which they do, a lot) I remind them that construction workers build everything they work in, play in and live in 😜 Great post 😀

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  2. The IQ tests are not fair. You can not compare a person who has been university for several years with people who can barely read. If you are now measuring IQ, all people must have the same conditions, which is never the case.

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  3. I don’t believe in IQ test in order to every human is different and IQ test is a test to separate grain from straw, and we’ve known lots of colors and no only black or white … a nice pic and your son is lovely.
    Hails from Madrid, Spain

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  4. I thoroughly love this. There’s no way to measure intelligence if we’re using the same test for everyone. We all process things differently and excel in areas that are unique to the individual. If we’re going to measure intelligence, it should be by the individual persons ability to educate themselves in such a way that they can fully express themselves in a way that’s authentic to who they are, apart from what society says they should or could do.

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      1. I agree with you as well and the points you made…and now that we agree, what are we waiting? Lol sounds like a collaboration is in order in the near future, I’m just saying. I love your blog by the way, I’ll definitely be keeping up with your content.

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  5. I love this and I completely agree. Intelligence has many domains to isolate one form of intelligence as being the only form is unfair and biased. Great article!

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