The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests by Philip Carter
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Using the same fun, informative, and accessible style that have made his previous books so popular, Philip Carter helps people identify mental strengths and weaknesses, and provides methods for improving memory, boosting creativity, and tuning in to emotional intelligence. Featuring never-before-published tests designed specifically for this book, plus answers for all questions, this latest treasure trove from a MENSA puzzle editor outlines a fun, challenging program for significantly enhancing performance in all areas of intelligence.
From the Back Cover
THE IQ WORKOU SERIES
The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests
There are many different types of intelligence, and whatever your IQ, it is possible to significantly develop and enhance your performance in all areas. Other characteristics such as outstanding creative, practical and artistic prowess, especially when combined with personal characteristics such as ambition, good temperament and compassion, can result in an outstanding level of personal achievement and success. While it is not possible to change your IQ, it is possible to dramatically improve your performance at intelligence tests through regular testing. After all, the mind is a muscle like any other and needs regular exercise!
This is where the Complete Book of Intelligence Tests comes in. Using the informative, fun and accessible style of the other books in The IQ Workout Series, this book deals with a whole range of different intelligence tests including left vs. right brain thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence and memory. It enables you to identify specific areas of weakness then work on them.
Whether you want to eliminate the frustration of forgetfulness, enhance your creativity or be more equipped to solve problems this book will help you. The IQ Workout Series is suitable for anyone from 18 to 80 who wants to put themselves to the test.–This text refers to the kindle_edition edition .
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Aspects of intelligence.
Intelligence quotient (IQ).
Test 1.1 IQ test.
2. Specific aptitude tests.
Section 1 – Verbal aptitude.
Test 2.1 Synonym test A.
Test 2.2 Synonym test B.
Test 2.3 Antonym test A.
Test 2.4 Antonym test B.
Test 2.5 Analogy test A.
Test 2.6 Analogy test B.
Test 2.7 Classification test.
Test 2.8 Comprehension.
Test 2.9 Advanced Verbal test A – multi-discipline.
Test 2.10 Advanced Verbal test B – anagrams.
Section 11 – Numerical aptitude.
Test 2.11 Numerical sequence test.
Test 2.12 Mental arithmetric.
Test 2.13 Working with numbers.
Test 2.14 Advanced numerical aptitude test.
Section 111 – Technical aptitude.
Test 2.15 Technical aptitude test.
3. Logical reasoning.
Test 3.1 Pure logic.
Test 3.2 Progressive matrices test.
Test 3.3 Advanced logic test.
Test 4.0 Creativity personality test.
Section 1 – Imagination.
Test 4.1 Imaginative shapes.
Test 4.2 Wild imagination.
Test 4.3 Creative logic.
Test 4.4 The bucket test.
Section 11 – Lateral thinking.
Test 4.5 Lateral thinking test.
Test 4.6 Lateral thinking exercises.
Section 111 – Problem Solving.
Test 4.7 Problem-solving exercises.
5. Emotional intelligence.
Test 5.1 Anxious or relaxed.
Test 5.2 Extrovert or introvert.
Test 5.3 Optimist or passimist.
Test 5.4 Self-confidence.
Test 5.5 Tough or tender.
Test 6.1 Pattern recognition A
Test 6.2 Word association.
Test 6.3 Verbal dexterity and memory test – anagrams.
Test 6.4 Number/shape recognition.
Test 6.5 Pattern recognition B.
Test 6.6 Instructions.
Test 6.7 Pattern recognition C.
Test 6.8 Shopping List.
Test 6.9 Attention to detail.
Test 6.10 Memorising an address.
7. Answers, explanations and assessments.
About the Author
John Bremner, Ken Russell, Philip Carter and Josephine Fulton are all Mensa members (the world-famous high IQ society) and highly experienced creators of puzzles and word games for dozens of books. They have been published around the world with great success.
Review of The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests
This is a book of intelligence tests. The tests cover verbal aptitude, numerical aptitude, technical aptitude, logical reasoning, imagination, lateral thinking, problem solving, emotional intelligence and memory. I used this book and others by Philip Carter in preparation for the Mensa test. There is no question in my mind that these challenging tests, and especially the exercise of solving those that I missed within the allotted time limit, helped me prepare for a successful outcome on the Mensa test.
The author clearly explains in the Introduction that this book is not designed to measure one’s IQ or Intelligence Quotient, saying “the object of this book is to identify different types of intelligence and bring together tests for different aspects of intelligence into one book … “. Although seeing a standardized IQ test might help one understand how they work, a person would not take such IQ tests repeatedly as the primary means of preparing for a proctored exam. What you need is a learning tool like this book. It does not tell you how to do the problems, but it does help you understand which mental skills need improvement. The “how do you do that type of problem” learning is in part made of hard thinking, in part personal creativity and in part reading other books on the subject or asking an expert.
This is an excellent book to understand your capabilities and direct you to areas for improvement of your mental skills. The problems you get wrong are the ones on which to concentrate your effort. In some cases there is more than one answer, such that the single solution shown in the key at the back of the book is not the only right answer. At first this was frustrating, but after finding a handful of these it felt good to know that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
I rate this book five stars.