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It’s not unusual these days for people to pretend to have high IQs because they feel smart and they know that the IQ scale is a method of gauging human intelligence. However, the concept of intelligence is abstract, and IQ scales vary based on the test you’re taking. In general, people can’t be expected to perform at their best for every test, so it is best not to read too much into scores.

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1. What I.Q. Stands For

IQ is short for Intelligence Quotient, and it’s a score taken from a variety of tests to estimate a person's intelligence. Depending on where you live, your age, and your linguistic abilities, your IQ can be assessed in a variety of ways, but it’s usually done through a written test. The psychologist, school, high IQ society or person testing you may have methods of their own. But the test will usually look at spatial recognition, perception, short-term memory, analytical skills, mathematical abilities, and your ability to think outside the box.

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