Did any other Canucks out there watch Test the Nation? It’s a TV (and online) IQ test that has aired in some 40 countries so far. According to the format, six studio groups take the test live, and viewers can follow along or take the test online. Among the Canadian groups the surgeons were first (surprise surprise), but the millionaires were only one point behind. Looking at some of the past results, I am pleased to see that the vegetarians won the UK test last year, and fair-haired folks will enjoy knowing that blondes scored 11 points above average in the US in 2003 (equal to the highest UK score that year).
Since I can’t resist a good IQ test I followed along and discovered that I am hopeless at logic questions involving numbers (e.g., what number follows 3, 8, 3435, 77, 256 ?*). I also lost points on the baby video because they weren’t clear that there would be questions on it so I didn’t pay much attention (much of the audience fell into this trap, judging by the groans), and the puzzle piece questions were hard to see on my TV (I’m sure it had nothing to do with my 30-something eyes…). But enough excuses. I scored 128, which is not unreasonable given my technical difficulties.
The Test the Nation number-crunchers will be taking the data collected in studio and online and determining the smartest province, zodiac sign, hair colour, and other sillynesses. The results will be posted here later. They also have a great disclaimer at the bottom of their FAQ page which everyone should take into account:
Remember, IQ tests only measure verbal and visualization skills, reasoning, memory, logic, and mental arithmetic. They don’t measure other qualities like character, personality, or talent.
It’s unfortunate that we can’t test those other areas of human performance because they are all important and necessary in society.
*I made this question up, but it demonstrates the degree of sense these questions make to me.