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Maximize Your IQ [Paperback]

Philip J. Carter , Kenneth A. Russell

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2007
Ranging from the challenging to the downright diabolical, these IQ tests from the puzzle editors of Mensa Magazine stretch brainpower to the limits of its endurance. That’s why they’re so effective at adding vital points to your IQ score. All it takes is a little tenacity and practice to work through these hundreds of questions, which assess verbal and mathematical skills, plus general knowledge and logic. Several “culture free” examples use diagrammatic problems rather than language, thus overcoming any linguistic barriers. The different types of questions include classifications (where you find the odd one out in a word list or group of figures); synonyms and antonyms; analogies; visual matrixes; and sequences. A scoring chart and answers are included.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402732732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402732737
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.7 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldmine for Teachers! July 7 2008
By Alice4447 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for advanced thinking skills, this is the book. As a teacher, I used a page from this book to start each hour. Students earned extra points by solving one or two of these problems. Since there are problems of all sorts-- verbal, figural, mathematical-- everyone had a chance. After giving the students time with them, I went over what problem-solving skills would have unriddled the problems. Soon, the students grew comfortable with them. I teach gifted English in public schools in a poor area of the much-maligned deep South. My junior high as well as my high school kids had fun with this. Admittedly, the seventh graders needed a hint or two to keep them from giving up. Of course, I had fun with this book myself!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily Like Real I.Q. Tests Jan. 28 2014
By R. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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This slim book contains 8 practice tests, consisting of 40 questions each, with answers included. You are asked to allot yourself 90 minutes per test. The questions are difficult. You’ll have to immerse yourself in the problems in order to finish each test on time. The book will likely leave you with a feeling of having stretched your mind, and it will give you an impetus to really concentrate on something while you try to figure out what figure comes next in a series, or what letters have to go in the blanks to form a synonym for “autochthonous.” So taking these tests can provide a refreshing relief from distraction.

But I’m not sure that these tests are really representative of what you’ll find, for example, on the actual I.Q. test used to qualify you to join MENSA. I paid for and took the practice MENSA test online, and it tended to present much less knotty, obscure posers than you’ll find here. The MENSA pre-test was weighted more towards requiring an ability to recognize the orientation of simple shapes.

The brief introduction to this book does acknowledge that there are different versions of standard I.Q. tests. The Stanford-Binet emphasizes verbal ability; the Wechsler has separate sections for verbal and spatial abilities. The tests in this book intersperse vocabulary questions with numeric and spatial progressions. The latter tend to be frustratingly elaborate, while the vocabulary questions seem to have a definite cultural bias. You’ll do well on the vocabulary questions if you’re an educated Victorian English gentleman. Do you know the definitions of such arcana as barouche, farandole, jabot, pomander? If not, like so many of the immigrants coming through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s, you might find yourself being falsely classified as an idiot.

Nevertheless, your score will likely improve dramatically as you move through these tests and learn the little tricks of approach to the problems. Your score will likely increase more than the 6 points the authors think that you’ll be able to eke out with practice. But even if the 8th test finds you as puzzled by it all as when you started – you’ll probably enjoy the challenge.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy June 16 2013
By Geneva Pryor - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll get many intellectually stimulating evenings out of this book. How can you go wrong with brain food? You can't
4.0 out of 5 stars good book Nov. 3 2012
By RG - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought it for my son and so far it's been helping. It has a lot of practices and questions.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book to Exercise your brain Nov. 27 2013
By Just1Me - Published on Amazon.com
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I Bought this for a friend that was having memory issues. It was great for brain exercise.
The process for writing a review is annoying though.

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