The world looks a lot different now than it did in the 1950s. As we’re surrounded by technology with the internet at our fingertips – back then life was simpler, phones had cords, and school children did their research in books.
Here’s something you might not have ever considered before. Do you think you’d be able to correctly answer questions from a 1950 IQ test? Being a person living in today’s world – would they be a breeze for you, or perhaps would you still struggle?
Rumble Viral explains in their video:
“According to researchers, the average intelligence has risen the equivalent of 20 IQ points since 1950.”
It’s time to put on your thinking cap and see if you can solve these decades-old IQ test questions!
#1. Are you a whiz at mathematics? Try and solve the following math problem.
Here’s what it looks like. 8 + 8 / 8 + 8 x 8 – 8 = ?
In the video, you’re provided with four possible answers and 15 seconds to make your selection.
- A). 64
- B). 65
- C). 72
- D). 80
Do you think you figured it out? Ready for the correct answer?
If you chose B). 65, then you got the math problem right!
So, how did you do?
While some viewers answered it correctly, others didn’t.
“Couldn’t remember what you do first….missed that one…”
One viewer shared that you need to know the “Order of Operations” (PEMDAS) which goes: parentheses, exponents, multiplication/division, addition/subtraction. If you need help remembering the order, The Math Forum points out the mnemonic “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.”
#2. Ready for Roman numerals?
On the intelligence test from 1950, there’s a question that quizzes your knowledge of Roman numerals. Will this be easy for you in 2020?
Here we go. “What does the Roman numeral C represent?”
With 15 seconds on the clock, is it:
Below is the answer to #2.
Did you think it was A). 100? If so, you would have gotten a correct answer on the vintage intelligence test.
Verywell Mind defines an IQ test as being:
“…an assessment that measures a range of cognitive abilities and provides a score that is intended to serve as a measure of an individual’s intellectual abilities and potential.”
#3. Are you familiar with the Bible? It’ll be helpful if so to get the next one correct.
Back in 1950, they included a question on an IQ test that required some Bible knowledge. See how you do.
“What are the first three words of the Bible?”
Here are your choices.
A). The Lord spoke.
B). These are the
C). In the beginning
D). Solomon son of
Like before, there are 15 seconds on the timer. Can you pick out the right answer?
Let’s see if you answered this one correctly!
In the video, they share that the answer is C). In the beginning.
A YouTube viewer commented:
“IQ tests are completely different, now. For example, the question about the Bible is probably not on any IQ tests.”
The quiz isn’t over yet.
Rumble Viral provides an additional question from a 1950s IQ test in their video. For it, you’re going to have to pull out your knowledge of square roots.
How did you do with the first three questions? Will you be able to solve the fourth in the video and get 100%? No worries if you don’t though – viewers got mixed results on how many they got correct.
Press play below to try and solve the final 1950 IQ test question for yourself!
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