Frequently Asked Questions

Can my kids IQ change?

The IQ of children is changing due to brain plasticity, and the results of any IQ tests, even professionally administrated ones, can vary significantly until the person concerned is in their late teens or even early 20s.

What is the right age for child IQ testing?

The age is less important than the reason. The IQ test should be done with a specific purpose- like diagnosing a learning disability or deciding if a particular subject is appropriate. Many schools have a point system for determining which difficulty level students are assigned to.- standard, basic, honor, special education, gifted and talented, etc. To best help a child it is not unusual for students to be assigned to special education in one subject and gifted and talented in another.

IQ tests are great for seeing skills and weaknesses in a person. If the kid is great at performance but bad at verbal skills that can help teachers immensely in figuring out how best to connect with a student.

Generally IQ tests below a certain age are normed badly and don’t mean much. If your 2 year old is a genius, so what?

IQ tests may also be done over time to determine developmental delays and if the child is “catching up” to their age group.

What if my Child’s IQ is low?

Albert Einstein famously stated: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

IQ is valuable, but there is a plenty of evidence that success in life depends on many other parameters as well. For example, emotional intelligence is one. Social skills and ability to sense the situation is a key leadership trait. If your child doesn’t have IQ of theoretical physicist, he might have an EQ of a US president, who knows. It is a responsibility of parents to identify key strengths of their children and guide them to suitable avenues in life.

Hardwork can easily compensate for higher IQ. Stability at home, friendships and relationship with bright kids, proper diet and exercise: all these parameters impact a child’s psychological development.

Does genetic play a role in intelligence?

Research studies indicate that both environmental and genetic factors play a role in intelligence.
However, studies have not yet identified any genes that underlie differences in intelligence. It is likely that a large number of genes are involved, each of which makes only a small contribution to a person’s intelligence.

Intelligence is also strongly influenced by the environment. Factors related to a child’s home environment and parenting, education and availability of learning resources, and nutrition, among others, all contribute to intelligence. A person’s environment and genes influence each other, and it can be challenging to tease apart the effects of the environment from those of genetics. For example, if a child’s IQ is similar to that of his or her parents, is that similarity due to genetic factors passed down from parent to child, to shared environmental factors, or (most likely) to a combination of both?

Which professions require the highest IQ?

Here is a chart with professions and IQ ranges: