American and Canadian IQ test scores

by Vanayssa
(B.C., Canada)

Someone told me recently that he had an IQ of 210. After researching this on the web, as I understood even Einstein's IQ was thought to be between 160 and 180, I see that the American measure is different from the Canadian system. So I guess that accounts for that IQ score. Can you elaborate on that? I have been looking online for any clarification on this, but, apart from the mention of it in the Einstein website, I can't find any info about these differences.


Thanks.

Vanayssa

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Canada versus US IQ scores
by: Anonymous

The number always compares you to the "average" intelligence of a population of people your same age. As you know, if you get 100, you are considered of average intelligence in that population.

This would indicate that the "average" intelligence of the American population is decreasing compared to Canada. Thus compared to the average of this lower intelligence population a smart person would rank higher than if they were compared to a well educated population, hence have a higher test score.

I would imagine it would be very difficult to rank high on an IQ test designed for Finish and South Koreans (despite good translation into English) since these countries have the best educated populations in the world right now. Canada's education system test scores rank much higher than Americas so it does not surprise me about the radically different IQ scoring comparison.

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