Do It Yourself! Sample IQ Test Items
Try your hand at the following items adapted from group tests of intelligence.
Some of the items are more challenging than others.
VOCABULARY: Select the best definition for each word:
1. viable a. traveled b. capable of living c. V-shaped d. can be bent
2. imminent a. defenseless b. expensive c. impending d. notorious
ANALOGIES: Examine the relationship between the first two words. Then, find an answer that has the same relationship with the word I bold letters:
3. Washington: Lincoln
July: a. January b. April c. May d. October
4. ocean: canoe
verse: a. poem b. pen c. water d. serve
SIMILARITES: Which letter on the right belongs to the same category as the one on the left?
5. J A M S Z T
6. A S D U V X
SEQUENCES: Choose the answer that best completes the sequence:
7. a z b y c x d? e s u w f
8. 1 3 6 10 15? 16 18 21 27 128
9. Portland and Seattle are actually 150 miles apart, but on a map they are 2 inches apart. If Chicago and Norfolk are 5 inches apart on the same map, what is the actual distance between those two cities?
a. 125 miles b. 250 miles c. 375 miles d. 525 miles
Source: Zimbardo et al. (2012). Psychology: Core Concepts (7e.) Boston: Pearson.