Here Is The Highest Possible IQ And The People Who Hold The World Record

Albert Einstein has one of the highest IQs ever recorded, sitting between 160 and 190

The highest IQ possible in the world based on theory is 200, although some people have been known to have an IQ of above 200. Let’s discuss how that’s possible below.

Everyone with an IQ score higher than 110 is lucky enough to have an above average intelligence. But there are select individuals with the fortune of much higher IQ scores. Only a minority of people are able to score higher than 110 on an IQ test, which makes it easy to identify the true geniuses in our society (according to this test).

Some of these exceedingly smart people are better known to the general public than others, I’m sure you’ve heard of Albert Einstein but have you heard of Christopher Hirata? These lesser known individuals deserve recognition and that’s what we hope to do here.

What Is IQ?    

Back in 1916, the American psychologist Lewis Madison Terman (1877-1956) developed the intelligence quotient or IQ. At the time, Lewis was employed by the United States Army. The first mass IQ test was taken by US soldiers during World War I.

The original scale of IQ scores, as devised by Terman, proposes several different classifications.

According to Terman’s scale, anyone with a score under 70 is classified as “definite feeble-minded”; anyone with a score between 70 and 79, would have “borderline deficiency”; anyone with a score between 80-89 would be afflicted with dullness. Most people have a score between 90 and 109, which means that they are classed as having a normal or average intelligence.

Intelligence quotient (IQ)Interesting Facts
Founded byPsychologist William Stern
Original nameIntelligenzquotient
Median score (theoretical)100
Two-thirds of populationIQ between 85 and 115
2.5% of populationAbove 130
2.5% of populationBelow 75

Once you get an IQ score of 110 you begin to take note. A score between 110 and 119 would indicate a superior intelligence; a score between 120 and 140 would mean a very superior intelligence; a score over 140 would indicate genius or near genius.

What is the highest theoretical IQ Possible?

While some of the scores below lie well above an IQ of 200, there is a debate about whether an IQ above 200 is theoretically possible (practicable). When the IQ test was developed the mean of the normal distribution was arbitrarily placed at 100. This means the normal distribution of intelligence of the human species should center at 100. If you’re below 100, you’re less intelligent than average and above 100 the opposite (note that is just for this test). The IQ score moves 15 points in either direction with each standard deviation.

IQ range normal distribution in human population (Credit:

However, with a standard deviation of 15, the chance that one would have an IQ of 200 makes it nearly impossible. Given a rough estimate of the world population of 7 billion, one can back-calculate what IQ is expected for the “smartest person on the planet” given the normal distribution.

This would equate to an IQ of about 194.6 as the highest IQ out of the approximately 7 billion people on this planet. Hence, we recommend taking some of the numbers below with a grain of salt. It is also hard to calculate IQ scores with high precision and accuracy in the infinitesimally small tail ends of the IQ distribution.

highest IQ possible (one in 7 billion)

Who Are The People Holding The World Record For High IQ?

The person with the highest IQ ever recorded is William James Sidis with a score between 250 and 300. The list continues as follows with the highest possible IQ:

  • Terence Tao (IQ score between 225 and 230)
  • Marilyn Vos Savant (IQ score of 228)
  • Christopher Hirata (IQ score of 225)
  • Kim Ung-Yong (IQ score of 210)
  • Edith Stern (IQ score over 200)
  • Christopher Michael Langan (IQ score between 190 and 210)
  • Garry Kasparov (IQ score of 194)
  • Philip Emeagwali (IQ score of 190)
  • Judit Polgar (IQ score of 170)
  • Albert Einstein (IQ score between 160 and 190)
  • Stephen Hawking (IQ score of 160)

William James Sidis (IQ score between 250-300)

This American was born into a family of New York City intellectuals. William James Sidis (1898 – 1944) was gifted from an extremely young age. When he was only 5 years old he was already able to type and had learned several languages including Greek, Latin, French, Hebrew, Russian, German, and, of course, English.

After he was initially turned down when he was 6, William was finally admitted to Harvard University at the age of 11. He didn’t have an easy time in college, later moving to Texas where he became a teacher. He attempted a political career but died young (at age 46), penniless.

Terence Tao (IQ score between 225 and 230)

This Australian-American mathematician was born in 1975 in the Australian city of Adelaide. His parents emigrated from Hong Kong to Australia.

Tao showed an amazing aptitude for math when he was a child. By the age of 20, he’d already earned a Ph.D.

He was awarded several prestigious math awards, including the Fields Medal in 2006. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he works at UCLA.

Marilyn Vos Savant (IQ score of 228)

This American entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the person with the highest IQ back in 1986. To this day there are only two other people with a recorded higher IQ than her.

“Although spoken English doesn’t obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn’t know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.” – Marilyn Vos Savant.

Marilyn Vos Savant was born in Missouri in 1946. She is most famous for her column “Ask Marilyn” where she provides advice and counsel to all sorts of life dilemmas.

Christopher Hirata (IQ score of 225) 

Like Terence Tao, Christopher Hirata (1982) was considered a child prodigy. He is an American astronomy professor at Ohio State University.

Among his many achievements are getting a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad in 1996 at the age of 13, working for NASA at the age of 16, and getting a Ph.D. from Princeton when he was 22.

Kim Ung-Yong (IQ score of 210)

This Korean professor and researcher currently working at Chungbuk National University learned to speak when he was just 6 months old. At that young age he could only speak his native Korean but by the age of 6, he learned how to read several languages including Korean, English, German, and Japanese.

Kim Ung-Yong began to write at the age of four and earned a Ph.D. when he was just 16 years old.

Edith Stern (IQ score of more than 200)

Edith Stern, born in 1952, is an engineer and IBM inventor with a Ph.D. in Math.

When Edith Stern was only 11 months old she was able to communicate using cards, then at the age of one, she began to be able to identify some of the letters in the Latin alphabet. By the age of 2, she knew the entire alphabet.

She entered college when she was 12 and became a teacher at age 16.

Christopher Michael Langan (IQ score between 190 and 210)

Californian resident Christopher Michael Langan (1952) is best known for his “Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe” theory.

He was able to speak when he was only 6 months old and was a self-taught reader at age 3.

Garry Kasparov (IQ score of 194) 

Garry Kasparov was born in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in 1963.

“I started playing chess when I was five years old. I learned the moves from my mother, then worked with my father – and later trainers. My style became very technical. I sacrificed a lot of things. I was always hunting for the king, for the mate. I’d forget about my other pieces”. – Garry Kasparov.

He is famous for being the best chess player of all time, winning more chess games than anyone else. Garry became the youngest World Chess Champion in 1985 when he was 22 years old. In a highly publicized match, Garry lost to the IBM supercomputer nicknamed Deep Blue.

Philip Emeagwali (IQ score of 190)

This Nigerian born computer scientist, mathematician, engineer, and geologist has several postgraduate degrees from different universities.

At age 13 his schooling was suspended due to the Nigerian Civil War as he was enrolled in the Biafran army. He earned his high school diploma through self-study afterward.

Judit Polgar (IQ score of 170)

This Hungarian chess player was born in 1976. Judit Polgar became a chess grandmaster when she was only 15.

Judit was a child prodigy, taking part in chess tournaments at 6 years old. She is now considered to be one of the strongest female chess players of all time.

The other two notable IQ test record-holders are none other than scientist Albert Einstein (with an IQ score between 160 and 190), and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (with an IQ of 160).

Is It Possible To Increase Your IQ Score?

There are definite, science-backed methods to improve your IQ score. Keep in mind this won’t bring you from below average to genius. Most likely, this will help you increase your score by a few points on average. While that may not seem like a lot, the steps below will help keep you sharp and focused, even at an older age.

  • Be healthy, for your brain to function at peak level you should exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep.
  • Try to change your daily routine, if you always take a shower before brushing your teeth try to swap them around, this will keep your brain active and involved.
  • Meditating, regardless of what it looks like for you, helps you relax, increase blood flow to the brain and let your brain focus more intently on solving difficult tasks.
  • There are a variety of supplements, including caffeine, omega 3 fatty acids, creatine, and ginkgo that can help with cognition and learning.
  • Practice challenging your mind through solving word puzzles, reading, learning a new hobby or skill, etc. The brain is not a static organ, it can grow more powerful with exercise, same as weightlifting.
  • New experiences, traveling, and doing new daily tasks helps to expand your mind and allow it to be constantly challenged in new environments.

These are the highest possible IQ scores and the people who hold the world record. Have you taken an IQ test, if so, leave your IQ in the comments below? If anyone has a score of 109, then kudos!

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    • So you calculate one individual at of above 194 in a world population of 7B, then list seven individuals above 200 in the US (pop. ~330M) alone? Go do the math (s)!

      • Sadly many 1-2%ers prefer to find errors purely for discreditation. I think its their personal IQ process where for every one-human-fault or error ‘found” (not their own of course) equals an extra IQ point to their quotient.
        Perception being reality, I hope my enemies think I’m stupid but my friends just enjoy my company. Although I could raise my IQ by trashing some of the others….naaah, Ill leave that delusional rating method to them.
        There is genius everywhere, not only in the few who can follow the theory of everything (m).

    • I have an IQ of 146. I am eleven years old and learned to talk at age one and was a self-taught reader by age 2. I read “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkein at age 4, and have now read several college textbooks on biology and chemistry. My father (who is a professor at Villanova University) is also planning to give me his course on history this summer. Though I am in only sixth grade, I started kindergarten at the age of 4 due to my ability to read. I have won several awards in writing and science trivia, and I have never gotten a grade below an A-. I am in a gifted and talented class at my school, and am enrolling into an online enrichment program for intelligent students. I have included this information in order to show people who visit this page what a child with a “genius or near genius” IQ is capable of.

      • You go girl! What a beautiful talent you have. I only have 139. Good your father takes care of your talent, hope you’ll like physics, I do.

      • Hi Anastasia, I’m Mark. I’m three years old and as I’m typing this I’m also finishing my sixth PhD in Chemical Engineering. At the age of 1 I was able to beat Magnus Carlsen in two moves. Great to see another gifted kid!

      • Oof, this narcissism hits hard! No one really, y’know, cares what a child of ‘near-genius level’ is capable of. I was also an all A student, that was until I realized that no one cares in the real world. Honestly, you’ve achieved the same amount of awards that an average child with a genuine work ethic can achieve. Your not capable of much more than someone that works hard. Even if you have a high IQ, and it’s also pretty obvious you really lack in emotional maturity. Also, why are you reading college text books? To gloat? Those are boring, even if you understand everything in there.

  • I have a question do you remember me at the feeling station you told me you didn’t understand me when I was talking perfect English maybe I was slurring a little bit but you said it was because the music was loud most likely only to not make me feel bad but I like people that is real so tell me how high do you think my IQ is

  • The author of this article does not understand what IQ represents. Every 15 IQ points is one standard deviation above the mean. This makes IQ in excess of 200 mathematically impossible. An IQ of 160 represents a 50000-1 intellect likely the highest anyone is likely to meet in a lifetime. An IQ of 175 is 3.5 million to 1. Anything beyond this is an exercise in futility. e.g. we can assume 225 to be the IQ of God.

    • According to your math, an IQ of 200 would be around 245 million – 1. There are about 7 billion people in the world meaning there are approximately 28 people in the world with an IQ of around 200. There have been about 100 billion humans alive in the history of humanity meaning there would be approximately 408 humans in the history of the world with an IQ of around 200 or higher. While higher IQs probably are impossible according to this math, the math of IQs is still something we don’t fully understand. Next time think before you try to discredit someone.

    • I was wondering if anyone reading this might be able to answer a question I have about 2 people who died in recent history, but were both widely known. They both died in their mid 20s sadly The first being a researching harvard fellow by the name of Aaron Swartz. Died at the age of 26 in 2013. I simply seem unable to find out what his was, and his wiki should be updated with it. Because of where he got in life and accomplished by the age of 26, I think he might deserve an honorable mention.

      Then their is the 25 year old who died back in 1996 that even over 20 years after his death still carrys a net worth of 40million. He grew up without even power during school. Yet was on a path of becoming a great leader. I’m talking about Tupac Shakur. Who showed great leadership potential every time he spoke trying to bridge the division in society for a better life for all. In 1992 he and Dr. Mutulu Shakur not only wrote the Document called “Thug Life” but he got the 2 outlaw gangs in cali to aggree to it. As it was a set of rules and ethics to protect the Community that was not involved with their illegal activities. There’s a link if you would like to read the code yourself.

      I suggest Tupac because on they state his IQ being 159(prob an est), and his success with his choosen profession and community. Also the fact, he left behind a impact that is still highly spoken of today and worth 40million. All done in his short 25 years.

      Stil can’t find anything on Aarons IQ though.

      • I would doubt Tupac’s IQ to be average. His main demographics had low IQs, the content of his songs is lacking at best, and his rhetoric was quite poor. I’d estimate him to have been around a 90 at best. Wealth/Net Worth and IQ are not correlated. No one would suggest that Oprah could match wits with Michio Kaku, yet I’m sure her net worth is a thousand times higher. I don’t think of Lil Wayne as a genius, but if we assume income to be related to IQ, then he’s smarter than anyone who has ever worked for NASA. IQ is a measure of ability to conceptualize the complex and the abstract. Rap, in general, deals with the concrete, much as those with low IQs do. That doesn’t mean they can’t succeed. If the process is organized enough to change very little on a daily basis, then they can do well. If it relies on marketing or interacting with people, then SQ is the better measurement, assuming the conversation itself is not complex. And I’d be willing to say that, in general, those who are more social and who are less inhibited tend to be better at dealing with others. In general, rappers may better at dealing with others. I don’t see the appeal, but then again, I’m a mathematician. I’m not in their target demographic, and as such, I don’t think they are trying to speak to me.

    • We have neither a clearly standardized definition of high intelligence, nor any understanding of the factors which contribute to instances of it. While mathematical contructs such as statistics are reasonably good at predicting general outcomes, they are rarely good at predicting anomalies, which anyone with a significantly high IQ becomes, even statistically. Saying that something is mathematically impossible does not preclude its existence, it merely indicates that the predictive model’s ability to predict its frequency is no longer effective. This is because the IQ score itself is a raw result, and not a function of its overall distribution. It is entirely possible that someone out there has an IQ of 350, but since the predictive methodology of standard deviations discounts it as a possibility, the chances of finding that person are extremely low.

      Just sayin’.

    • Hi Andrew, Maths is not perfect. 🙂 There are things in the world that we do not realize yet. Someone who is not born yet may have an IQ well beyond anyone whose history records we can check. IQ may actually be infinite. When someone realises that, he will also realize that the Mensa IQ tests may actually not be 100% accurate.

    • How dare you to even talk about God and take God into consideration for your IQ tests. He CREATED the Universe and gave you the intelligence that you and every one from day one has. These IQ numbers may have a scientific significance, but they certainly don’t mean anything, unless God Almighty gave them the knowledge at their conception.
      “In the beginning, God” created the universe, and intelligence. Read Genesis, chapter 1 until the seventh day.

      • Which God do you mean? There have been/are thousands of Gods as you may know. Nobody has never been able to show that his/her God really exists or that this particular God created the universe.

        Most of these Gods have no idea of the Universe. Has yours? I do not believe so. When some guys concocted the Bible out of different earlier religions, they did not know anything about science. By the way, why was your God so mean that he/she did not give you a higher intelligence than what you have and also gave a great number of people very low intelligence, increasing the suffering of the human race..

        Genesis is no more trustworthy than many different sagas even older than your bible.

        What I learned from the Bible is that God and Jesus are very stupid beings with a very low IQ. Why would an omnipotent God create a world with so much wrongdoings. Who is so stupid that he would create a human being like us. Why would he do that? If he did not have any other alternative than to sacrifice his own son, then he is really stupid. Any intelligent God would have found a better alternative.

        My conclusion is that intelligence and God should not be discussed in the same context , at all … for the simple reason that there is no God ….. or there have been thousands of Gods created by people with higher intelligence and fantasy. These creative people could then rule the world… and are still ruling because of so many believing in sagas.

      • Yeah OK, guess you can believe anything, god right up there with leprechauns, unicorns and the fly spaghetti monser.

      • God doesn’t have IQ, he is IQ (so to speak). So his IQ abilities transcend having infinitive IQ.
        Just as God doesn’t _know_ truth, He is truth

    • There is a big difference between statistically impossible and mathematically impossible. A person with IQ which is 10 billion to 1 can still be born with current global population; it’s just the probability of this thing happening is very low. Otherwise according to your reasoning, if I build a robot that kills people randomly until only one left on earth, he/she must has IQ with 100, which is obviously absurd.

  • To author Juan Ramos:
    Dear Mr. Ramos:
    If you are going to post “English” articles, you should have a native English speaker and writer edit your posts. While I appreciate your insights in the “Highest Recorded IQ” piece, some of your paragraphs are un-readable in English. Over the years I’ve noted that the Spanish construction of “store to I go” –
    (which includes the gender of the speaker), does not convert naturally into the English: “I’m going to the store,” or “I went to the store,” or “I have been to the store,” or “She is going to the store.”

    My observations for native Spanish speakers, who learn ONLY conversational English, is that they make the mistakes you made in your enlightening article, e.g. Missing prepositions and conjunctions; along with mistakes in sentence structure. I suggest you take an English class where you are taught how to “diagram sentences” in English.

    I can testify that after two such errors on a website, your efforts to influence readers will fail because English writers and speakers DECIDE – at that point – that it is a Third World author, “So why waste my time?” After 25-years on the Internet, we – (Americans) – have all gotten the Nigerian composed Email about the millions of dollars we can collect by paying a minor tax fee… written so poorly in English that we know to INSTANTLY dismiss it.

    This DECISION is also made about native Asian Language speakers when we encounter similar subtle mistakes in the construction of English sentences. To prove my point, buy ANY Asian manufactured and packaged product and read the “Consumer Instruction Booklet.” Their English is almost ALWAYS convoluted, and – thus – un-readable…. Which means that North Americans simply dismiss the author as “Uneducated” and “Third World” …. EVEN if your IQ is 160!!!

    I know that sounds arrogant, but just as I could not be a diplomat in the Eighteenth Century without speaking French, you cannot negotiate the 21st Century successfully without speaking –
    (and writing) – English. Today, English is the universal language of Higher Education, Science, Pilots, Accountants, Bankers, and Diplomats.

    I hope this helps. Bill Ball

      • While I believe that everyone needs an editor–and every website should employ one–it is indeed unfortunate that you would offer such a polite reply to such an unnecessarily racist comment. Of course non-native English speakers make mistakes. Those of us who learn languages other than our own always do. The poster himself makes numerous errors in punctuation and syntax, yet believes himself right to go on at length about the implications of non-native speakers’ errors. How typical.

      • Further, the fact that the author’s name is Juan Ramos in no way allows readers to assume *anything* about him.

        I work as a professional editor and encounter atrocious grammar, a complete lack of coherence, and seeming unfamiliarity with even the basics of punctuation on a weekly basis from English-speaking Americans–and never mind their lack of interest in trying to learn other languages. And yet, they’ll gleefully pronounce non-native speakers unworthy of expressing themselves in English because they make mistakes.

        I applaud that you went through and cleaned up the article. More websites should do so! But I’m actually appalled that you would respond to the poster as if he is just making a simple “helpful” observation.

    • Store to I go too also, to ball Bill. Bill is no go to ball with laugh be he bill and no ball. Must go I to newspeak then English where say he “Engrish” to?

    • I would be happy to hear your perfect speaking in Spanish and other languages of the world, you proud “English Native Speaker” Unfortunately, a big % of “Natives”, like you, seems to have too low IQ to understand speaking which is even 1promille different that speaking of Queen Elizabeth… Not to mention that the most stupid, obvious mistakes in language ALWAYS come from so called “Native Speakers”, such proud to have “perfect” language. Time for a bit of humility, Mr Englishman. From where you take this conviction that perfect speaking and writing in yours and ONLY YOURS language is a crown of the intelligence?

    • Bill, a small reminder that you are a United States American, not just an american. We all are Americans from the cold areas of Alaska to the cold areas of the Patagonia. Therefore, before giving a Juan Ramos an English lesson online, you should get off the world wide web, visit a library and read some geography. By the way, don´t say that you´re from the United States only, because below California you have the United States of Mexico. The only thing that separates all people in the United States of America is a damn accent. What a shame.

  • When I was one and half years old, I behaved very differently from other todlers. My mom worried that I was retarded so she took me to do an IQ test. The score was 145 and the doctor assured my mom that there was nothing wrong with me. But life has never been easy for me. I’m from a culture that doesn’t tolerate “difference” much. You could possibly imagine how much pain I have been through as a high IQ but very low EQ “abnormal”. If I could have chosen, I’d rather choose the opposite.

    • I feel your pain. I went through the same things, though I was able to blend in a little by trying to appear less intelligent most of the time. I was always struggling with emotional control, and still do to this day, but have learned much wisdom over the years. It gets better.

    • You have the intelligence to raise your EQ and pretend to blend in if you so desire. Life is not easy for anyone. Why would you think having a high EQ and a low IQ would offer you better or more advantages? Be glad for who you are and exploit your own differences and mask your deficiencies using your intelligence.

  • I have an IQ of 148 but have never completed a course in education. I was just in an ordinary class during primary education and found it incredibly frustrating. I would read all the text books in the first week of the new term each year and spend the rest of the year bored out of my mind. By the time I was 12 I just stopped going in as I found it so frustrating. There are so many extra helps for those who have learning difficulties etc, but people like me fell through the cracks. Now in middle age, I see people I went to school with doing really well in their careers and driving nice cars while I still work in manual labour. I used to teach these guys mathematics during break times. If I could afford to get more education I would, but am economically trapped and probably will remain so.
    The moral of the story : stay in school…

    • With your intelligence you can go to college and end the feeling of being lost or left behind. Start by going to the most inexpensive community or online college and complete at least 4 basic courses in one year. Make As. Then, reassess your motivation to achieve and what is needed to succeed in your chosen profession. Most employers require a degree. Or they tend to promote the candidate with the degree/highest level of education. The degree does not communicate how smart you are, but it will tell future/potential employers or customers, you are motivated, driven, responsible, and more.

  • My IQ is 151 and I turn 13 in a month. I found out through the test for gifted at my school because we have a certified psychologist do it.

  • It’s funny seeing all the 13 year olds explaining how their IQ is 160, but don’t realive that looking up free IQ test isn’t going to give you an accurate representation of your acual score.

    • Ok, I don’t think you’re aware, but for many gifted and talented programs in middle school, they have you take an IQ test with a certified psychologist. I had to take it and I got a 161, so it’s perfectly possible that other people have done the same.

  • I tested in school at 148, then got the same score 20 years later.
    Not bothered testing in the last ten, but I’m sure that it can’t have deviated too much.

  • I’ve done’s online home test and got a score of 138 which would at the time qualify me for mensa. Too scared to do the supervised one in fear of scoring worse though 🙁

  • Dear Juan,

    what are your sources for the listed IQ numbers? More specifically, where did you get the number 190 for Philip Emeagwali?


  • There are quite a few articles out there expressing doubt about the Emeagwali score; though my cursory glance at them did not show what I would regard as any good authorities disproving the claim, they do raise the legitimate question what the source is which is claimed to prove it for the purposes of this article.

  • My IQ was tested twice at 174, & my wife’s at 172. We’re both long-time engineers, & run our two corporations.

  • My IQ is 183 to 190 and it all self tough from playing guitar keyboards. To being a electronic, s tec to a vast understanding of law .ect its up to the person to expand their mind most schooling can’t give you all you need to be smart. It only helps to a point

    • Self taugh (spelling); guitar AND? keyboards (grammer) ; electronic,s [sic] should be electronics punctuation and grammer); etc. NOT .ect (punctuation and spelling); it’s up NOT its up (punctuation); start a new sentence after mind (grammar). A genius tec [sic]? I doubt it!

      • Yeah I think a lot of us research IQ mainly because we’ve been tested and have high IQ’s. I got tested at my school for gifted and talented and got a 161 a couple months ago and I wanted to learn a lot more about IQ after that.

  • To my surprise i got an IQ of 234. I was tested at a special facility meant for psychological mind inputs.

    • IQ is generally supposed to stay the same throughout your life, isn’t it? If you actually managed that I’d like to know how, I just turned 13 and a couple months ago was tested and got a 161. That generally isn’t how IQ works as far as I’m aware though

  • To the people saying that the highest possible IQ correlates to the size of the population… sigh.. No. No it doesn’t. That’s not what the standard deviation is telling you.

  • In 1993, I was evaluated for brain surgery to control epileptic seizures and, as part of the pre-surgical testing I was given an IQ test on which I scored a 118. Six months after my surgery in which my amygdala and hippocampus were removed all of my pre-surgical tests were repeated and my IQ results increased to 127. I cannot explain this as and I certainly do not believe IQ equals intelligence. In all honesty, I was never able to complete more than one year of college but, consider myself “smarter “ than most of my friends who did.

  • The irony of the (IQ) tests themselves, center on the fact that those who wrote them were the byproducts of their own isolated enculturation directives, and therefore, the tests are flawed (though not completely worthless; I scored 149 at 40 in the late 90’s); however, the underlying meaning of said results is also confined (and perhaps contaminated) by and in direct proportion to one’s enculturation paradigm/s. All truly intelligent people know this fact; not impacted in any way egocentrically, truly intelligent people are more like a calculator; their brains process the data, and have no emotional attachment to said results (think fictional character, Sheldon Cooper; BBT-fame). Highly intelligent people enjoy reading long text-data, whereas the less intelligent drift and tag things (like this post) with TLDR (a short attention span).

    For example, mathematics should represent only a fraction of said testing. While it is vital for many functions, math alone is not a trustworthy barometer of high intellect; nor is mere textbook regurgitation (think Kim Peek). Unless of course, your enculturation (or micro-experiences) are limited to the world of Science (predominant in Western cultures these days), and even then, most science relies on more basic math. For example, Algebra is analogous to learning a Second Language, more so than it is to (alphanumeric) mathematics, based upon how the brain manages it. All people with high intelligence already knows this. {Note the differentiation made between high IQ score and true intellect? Good!} Keyword search: “why so many fail Algebra”.

    Another factor would be self-delusion; even herein, there is evidence of this. All with high intelligence have mastered their native languages, in childhood no less, both in terms of speaking and writing skills (at least use spellcheck if you want to fake it better folks). It is impossible for a person with a high intellect to then write (or communicate) as if they are still in Middle School. But since they are not truly intelligent (just deluded, even by IQ test results), they are oblivious to this otherwise observable fact. It is always advisable to learn two or more human languages, but mastering at least one is preferred.

    Which brings us to what true intellect is, or is calculated by: high IQ would begin with overall maturation of/in the human experience (again, the Cooper Paradox, or the Nerd Culture). Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is foundational to a high intellect. Cooper always comes up with the most irrational (stupid) examples to justify himself, hence the humor; and this, as a fictional character holding a supposedly high IQ position at (what?) a prestigious Western University. Being conquered by one’s ego, is itself, a sign of low-to-average intellect, even among those who have mastered mathematics. I have a TI-84 and know how to use it; let’s move on.

    E.g: I have not spent one second of the past 5 decades, giving a microscopic crap what anyone thinks of me. You can call me a genius, or a moron, and I do not care either way. Why? Because I know! The calculator simply displays the answer to the typed-in query; it does not care if you believe the answer or not: A fact remains a fact, regardless of how many (if any) living entities, acknowledges it or not. Mathematically speaking (therefore), the emotionally immature simply spend too many waking hours defending their ego to learn more during that time. Even now, they will not study to learn more facts before responding (to me or this article); the ego demands a swift rebuttal; it must be defended at all costs. Flexing one’s mathematical prowess (hint-hint) is itself a display of egocentrism, not of ultimate wisdom.

    Consequently, we end up with specialized (IQ or other) testing paradigms, which in themselves therefore, do not display or manifest the workings of a truly intelligent (wise) individual. But they do sell! Get it now? Think way beyond the monetization paradigm that shapes your enculturation. Only then will you master what critical (out-of-the-box) thinking is! That’s just wise. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must refill my cup with organic Ginkgo Biloba tea.

  • So you calculate one individual at of above 194 in a world population of 7B, then list seven individuals above 200 in the US (pop. ~330M) alone? Go do the math (s)!

  • If it is a test, an individual can prepare for it. This creates a very subjective and invalid aspect for accurate measurement. They may know the specific knowledge but not the total knowledge. IS is about as useful as ACT and SAT to determine if someone will actually persevere and finish what they started. Just doesn’t work.

  • My IQ was just tested by a psychiatrist and was recorded at 194, it is a blessing and a curse. It is hard for me to hold conversations with most people because they bore me with their banal assertions. It is hard when you have so few equals around the world.

    • I was tested by my school psychologist and I have an IQ of 161, none of my friends have ever really compared, but someone at my school is apparently a genius and got a 33 or a 34 on the ACT, we’re in 7th grade, (I got a 29 so people think I’m not as smart, but I just moved so I haven’t had the opportunity to take as many advanced classes and learn as much as him) so I’d like to meet him and see how he actually measures up.

  • Board of education here in Broome County NY forced me to take a IQ test.I was in 8th grade had only gotten two questions wrong on the finals.The thought I cheated lol🤣Had to retake the same test in front of a officer and the board.After I score perfect the second time around,I was forced to take the IQ test.148 I got.I have been hit alot in my head,now have TBI!My score went down yes it is possible.120-133!I’m trying to build it back up not sure if it will ever be 148 again due to brain injury!Idk why I made a comment here I guess to tell my story as to what happened.

  • I was born on a dairy farm in 1946 and am an only child. My parents had a high educatiopn and did not understand that I was very smart. My father criticized me for spending too much time reading. He thought I should do more farm work. My mother was more sympathetic. She bought me two encyclopedias and an expensive trombone. I was the smartest child in grade school .I did not play sports or have very many friends and no girl friends.
    I took the
    sat test and got a score of 1475 which corresponds to an iq of 146.I went to penn state an graduated with a degree in engineering science and a gpa of 3.47. I got a job as a research aero engineer with the us navy. I still did not have many friends and was lonely. In 1969 the us navy sent me to mit . I graduated in 1970 with a MS in aero engineering. I went to the u niversity of pennsylvania from 1974 to 1979 and earned a second MS in systems engineering. In 1984 I quit my government job to start a consulting business. In 1985 I earned a professional engineering license. I became depressed and the business failed in 1987. I finally m arried a woman who was a medical technologist i 1980 and had a daughter in 1983. My daughter became a textile engineer in 2001.
    after my business failed I went to
    drexel college night school and earned a
    bs degree in electrical and computer engineering. I worked at a series of jobs from 1988 until 2005. None of the jobs were very successful and I was fired about five times and quit my job two times I took early retirement in 2005 after being fired for the last time. My wife died in 2017, but I have a good retirement i ncome because of savings and investments. I am now looking for a girl friend and frequently visit my daugther who has three children who are very smart. My son-in-law has an iq of 155 and my daughter and wife are probably around 130. I am finally happy after a long struggle with the effects of high iq

  • Why, may I ask, “kudos for 109”? I was tested years ago after having a severe TBI and was told that particular day that my score is 109.

    • I am intrigued to learn from this comment that supposedly an SAT score can be directly converted to IQ. That’s a winner.

  • The “highest possible IQ” calculation clearly doesn’t match the rest of the article, which features several people with IQs above the max, many of whom lived or are living concurrently. Either the distribution of IQ scores is flatter than a normal distribution, or those people have inflated IQ estimates. Very silly article.

  • I kid you not, my IQ was measured as 167 at a young age. I started college at the University of Leeds when I was 13 and received a Doctorate in Science (DSc) by age 19. I am currently a Synthetic Biologist in Birmingham.

    • If you have an IQ of 130, you are probably capable of both understanding what the measure means and the challenges posed by your question. If you don’t understand this answer, do a retest of your IQ.

  • Although test with an IQ of 186, I concur that there is too high a deviation with any testing above 140 or so.

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