An IQ score allows you to quantify your performance in tests relative to the general population. Even though it does not measure every aspect of a person’s intelligence or abilities, it is perceived as a reliable measuring stick by many companies. As such, you may be faced with multiple such (or similar) tests throughout your career. Check out our list of our favorite books (in no particular order) on IQ tests.
GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ
by James Morcan
Our Review: The authors explain the definitions and concepts of what Genius Intelligence truly means without using complicated technical terms, but rather, it is written in a language for everyone to read.
I had no idea there were so many ways to train our brain to break through the barriers/limits or pre-conceived potentials that we have created for ourselves. Our mind surely is a beautiful thing!
It was definitely an exciting read as I felt that I could become smart, too! I ended up looking up more information about the various methods mentioned and even picked up other books on the subject as well. Any book that sparks a newfound interest or excitement on a subject and the desire to continue reading more literature about it certainly is genius.
From the Author/Publisher: The brain’s potential is the human potential!
GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ is the ultimate treatise on accelerated learning methods. Written by novelists, filmmakers and independent researchers James Morcan & Lance Morcan with a foreword by leading scientist Dr. Takaaki Musha, this book shatters the myth that geniuses are born not developed. It reveals how most instances of above-the-ordinary intelligences are acquired thru superior cognitive techniques or brain enhancing technologies.
Renowned geniuses examined include Apple founder Steve Jobs who as a 19-year-old began practicing an ancient discipline that activated previously dormant parts of his brain; Albert Einstein who came up with his great theory of relativity while using a rare method for accessing the subconscious mind; Kim Peek (the real ‘Rain Man’) who could speed read any book in five minutes flat with total comprehension; Indian mathematical mastermind Srinivasa Ramanujan who, although untrained, created extraordinary formulas that left academics gobsmacked; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who composed entire pieces while in a specific altered state of mind.
Among the discoveries shared with readers are brain waves common to geniuses and the various ways to induce those brain waves; mental techniques the world’s elite and A-List celebrities are quietly using to help them process information while they’re asleep or in virtual worlds; chemical substances students and academics the world over employ to kick-start the brain into overdrive; and cutting-edge technologies business tycoons and professional athletes employ to gain a cerebral edge over their competitors.
Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, GENIUS INTELLIGENCE lists dozens of practical methods to increase IQ and speed-learn any subject.
Ultimate IQ Tests: 1000 Practice Test Questions to Boost Your Brainpower
Our Review: Fun, but like most IQ tests, a huge focus on math and numbers. Why is that? Is this our entire measure of intelligence now? They do have the random, token language questions and a few history or geography questions thrown in, but if you’re not a whiz with math, give up now.
From the Author/Publisher: IQ tests are increasingly being used as part of the job application process in various industries, including the government, armed forces, education, and industry and commerce. Written and compiled by IQ test experts, this book contains 1000 practice questions organized into 25 tests, along with a simple guide to assessing performance. Working through the questions will help improve vocabulary and develop powers of calculation and logical reasoning. This new edition includes several more difficult tests, for those test takers who want a greater challenge.
Test Your IQ: A Detailed Explanation of What IQ Means and How It Is Measured
Our Review: Excellent book describing the sorts of things tested and ways of testing ‘how you think’ rather than ‘what you know’, per se. I would have liked a bit more rationale on some things and some more ‘test questions’.
From the Author/Publisher: In Test Your IQ, Professor Hans Eysenck, the world-renowned expert on IQ testing, presents an introduction to the meaning, significance, and measurement of intelligence testing that sheds light on the controversy surrounding IQ scores. Is intelligence inherent or is it learned? Does a person’s genetic makeup and ethnic origin have any significance in the intelligence testing? Test your IQ and find your own answers to the controversy with eight sets of tests designed especially for this book. Answers to the tests and a graph to convert your results into an IQ score will reveal if you’re above average—or maybe even a genius!
The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Dover Recreational Math)
Our Review: Totally love this book. Me and my 11 year old spend hours solving puzzles and this book was really good. Simple and basic mathematical puzzles forces you to think outside the box. Totally love this book. I bought additional copies as gift for my friends.
From the Author/Publisher: This is, quite simply, the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union. Since its first appearance in 1956 there have been eight editions as well as translations from the original Russian into Ukrainian, Estonian, Lettish, and Lithuanian. Almost a million copies of the Russian version alone have been sold.
Part of the reason for the book’s success is its marvelously varied assortment of brainteasers ranging from simple “catch” riddles to difficult problems (none, however, requiring advanced mathematics). Many of the puzzles will be new to Western readers, while some familiar problems have been clothed in new forms. Often the puzzles are presented in the form of charming stories that provide non-Russian readers with valuable insights into contemporary Russian life and customs. In addition, Martin Gardner, former editor of the Mathematical Games Department, Scientific American, has clarified and simplified the book to make it as easy as possible for an English-reading public to understand and enjoy. He has been careful, moreover, to retain nearly all the freshness, warmth, and humor of the original.
Lavishly illustrated with over 400 clear diagrams and amusing sketches, this inexpensive edition of the first English translation will offer weeks or even months of stimulating entertainment. It belongs in the library of every puzzlist or lover of recreational mathematics.
Match Wits With Mensa: The Complete Quiz Book
by Marvin Grosswirth,
Our Review: Lots of fun and very interesting. There are all types of challenging games to do with easy-to-find answers so you can self grade easily by yourself. Find out how you stack up with the brains of Mensa. Enjoy!
From the Author/Publisher: Puzzle fans have bought more than 650,000 copies of the Mensa Genius Quiz series-the only books that let readers “match wits with Mensa,” comparing how well they do against members of the famous high-IQ society. Here, in a giant omnibus edition, are four best-selling titles: The Mensa Genius Quiz Books 1 & 2, The Mensa Genius Quiz-A-Day Book, and The Mensa Genius ABC Book. Here are more than 800 fun mindbenders to exercise every part of your brain-word games, trivia, logic riddles, number challenges, visual puzzles-plus tips on how to improve your thinking skills. All the puzzles have been tested by members of American Mensa, Ltd., and include the percentage of Mensa testers who could solve each one, so that you can score yourself against some of the nation’s fittest mental athletes.
Mensa Boost Your IQ
by Harold Gale
Our Review: I’m trying to improve my IQ for the Mensa test. These puzzles are tough! But they are really fun.
From the Author/Publisher: This collection of numerical and diagrammatic intelligence tests begins with accessible puzzles and progresses to more difficult and complex conundrums. Designed to exercise your brain and improve your mental abilities, the tests will give an indication of whether you are Mensa material and better equip you for such tests in future.
Self-Scoring IQ Tests
Our Review: The test gave me a consistent score in comparison to other tests I have taken. Regarding the criticism that the test is verbally weighted, all of the major intelligence tests weight the verbal portion higher, as this section is more “g-loaded”, for those of you familiar with the concept of general intelligence. In high school, I took the Florida 12th grade test. It had an aptitude score (same as IQ) and I scored at the 86th percentile. I am a practicing school psychologist and I self-administered the Multi-Dimensional Aptitude Battery, a group administered IQ test. This is a paper and pencil version of the WAIS and consists of 10 multiple choice tests with each test having a 7 minute time limit. I scored 117 (86th percentile). On Victor Serebriakoff’s test I scored 117 (87th percentile). I would have scored one point higher, since I had planned to change two answers on the comprehension item, but got side-tracked and forgot. My weak area has always been spatial ability. I scored higher on the ASVAB, but your score on this does not include a spatial component. However, good measures of intelligence have a broad array of items (i.e., verbal, numerical, spatial), so my lower score of 117 is more reflective of my general intelligence.
From the Author/Publisher: Honorary International President of MENSA Victor Serebriakoff has created two comprehensive tests-similar to the elaborate standardized ones administered by professional psychologists-perfectly designed to measure your cognitive skills, reasoning abilities, quick-learning capability, and problem-solving proficiency. Begin with the practice quizzes to warm up, and then proceed to the actual tests, which concentrate on verbal, mathematical, and spatial relations questions. At the end of the booklet, you’ll find the right answers and an explanation of how to determine your IQ from your scores
Boost Your Interview IQ
Our Review: I have used multiple interview-prep books over the span of more than a decade. This is my go-to book for preparing for an interview. I have coached multiple people on their careers. This book has been used to ace interviews for multiple 6-figure positions in the last few years.
From the Author/Publisher: Job interviews aren’t discussions; they’re oral exams―and the candidate with all the right answers gets the job. Boost Your Interview IQ, Second Edition, helps you ace that big test with skill-building exercises, an in-depth “Interview IQ” test, and other resources to let you craft winning answers to the most important questions interviewers ask.
In these pages, you’ll discover ways to present your experiences in a compelling narrative that showcases your skills, knowledge, and personality―and you’ll learn the right way to answer tricky “behavioral” questions like a pro. Plus you’ll get interview strategies custom tailored to the needs of management/executive-level candidates, new graduates, career changers, and people reentering the market.
In today’s tough job market, the best-prepared candidate wins―and in this economy you’re going to need every advantage to set you apart from the pack. Boost Your Interview IQ is the book that delivers the right tools to do the job of GETTING the job.
The Book of IQ Tests: 25 Self-Scoring Quizzes to Sharpen Your Mind
by Philip J. Carter & Kenneth A. Russell
Our Review: Good tests – some of the hardest I’ve come across in some cases, but part of the challenge was actually reading the numbers/letters or analyzing the various patterns. The print in this book is far too small considering the complexity of some of the puzzles. But otherwise, a good compilation of questions organized in balanced and complete tests.
From the Author/Publisher: Maybe you think you’re a genius, but these 25 brain-stumping IQ quizzes will put that to the test! Featuring wordplay, diagrams, numerical challenges, and more, they provide an intriguing and irresistible challenge. Can you think abstractly? Comprehend complex ideas? Decide which number comes next in a sequence? See which drawing is the odd one out? The best way to know is to take the quizzes and see how you score: exceptional, excellent, very good, good, or average.
Above all, these are designed to entertain, and you can add to the fun by turning it into a competition with your friends, trying to beat the clock, or simply dipping into the book at random whenever the mood hits.