Testing . . .
(hennhaus: Hard Baud)

(Originally published January 2, 1997)

Testing . . .

My IQ — according to the Self-Discovery Workshop — is 146. This is meaningless, of course; after all, I called the vernal equinox “the longest day in the year” in last issue’s column — an error my family expressed much glee in discovering. Mostly to promote a $15 in-depth explanation as to how your score was arrived at, it seems, the Workshop’s site presents a no-cost 38-question test that supposedly gives a relatively accurate rating of one’s IQ. I’ll let this paragraph stand as to my position of its efficacy.

As anyone who’s written an exam after cramming all night will attest, a given test’s results may not accurately reflect one’s comprehension of a given topic; myriad factors from how the test was written to the recipent’s cultural background can be quite influential in its completion. Still, tests can be a fun way of ‘self-discovery’ or passing time, provided a failing score doesn’t affect your grade point average or devastate your self-esteem.

Consider, if you will, the ‘purity test.’ There are several varients of this around offering varying numbers of questions to determine the level of one’s moral purity, or perhaps how far one has sunk into utter depravity. As accepted notions of morality vary culturally and even regionally, conclusions upon completion are suspect, at best. A collection of these can be seen (and taken) at a page surprisingly entitled ‘Purity Tests!’, but please note that children and those easily (however rightfully) offended should not access this site unless interested in its other offerings: the ‘nerd’ and ‘geek’ purity tests, for instance, which are less concerned with sexual morés and are more into one’s knowledge of cyclic redundancy checks.

Taking a personality test at home can be useful; no small number of employers utilize various and sundry of these to determine applicants’ viability as employees. I have no idea if personality tests can point out potential axe murderers — in this fashion they may be somewhat less than thorough; newsbites regarding disgruntled ex-employees returning briefly to work brandishing AK-47s tend to appear from time to time. Still, the stock employers put in these tests is strong, and online versions can give you a preview (oftentimes in acronyms) as to how you’ll be viewed in the interview hotseat.

The WWW Jungian (Keirsey Temperament) Personality Test, for instance, tells me I’m type ENFP: clicking on the acronym after taking the test explains it, somewhat, and even provides a list of famous people sharing your type. Dr. Seuss and Mark Twain share mine, which may explain a few things about my sense of humour. A similar but longer test — the Riso-Hudson Type Indicator — is also online, but note that it takes about 20 minutes to complete; that may be relevant if your Internet service provider charges you hourly rates.

Hmmm. Perhaps if I’d written it was “the longest night of the year” . . .

Sites mentioned above:

Self-Discovery Workshop: http://www.iqtest.com/welcometest.html

Purity Tests!: http://www.armory.com/tests/purity.html

WWW Jungian Personality Test: http://sunsite.unc.edu/jembin/mb.pl

The Riso-Hudson Type Indicator: http://graphics.lcs.mit.edu/~becca/personal/enneagram/rheti.html

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Copyright © 1997, 2006 by John Rudzinski. Note the date the column was originally published; any links contained therein are probably outdated.
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Related media and reading:
Personal IQ Test 2 Brainstorm: The Ultimate I.Q. Challenge (PC) The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests: 500 Exercises to Improve, Upgrade and Enhance Your Mind Strength (The IQ Workout Series)