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21st-Jan-2006 08:44 am
Last night I found this cool Mensa intelligence test online.

http://www.mensa-test.com/ http://intelligence-test.net/part1/

I like how the test code gives you instant feedback on whether you got an answer right or wrong, and it's very clever how they check the answers - they have a SHA-1 hash for each correct answer, and compare a hash of your answer to that to see if you're right. That means they don't have to go consult with a server, but they don't have to expose the answers to prying eyes. Nice trick!

So far I've spent an hour or two working on it (there's no time limit), and I've gotten 30 out of 33 questions. Since getting only 19 right makes one a genius, I'm feeling super smart now. I think the cultural bias is pretty slanted (some of it against me), but it still seems like an interesting test.

I haven't yet gotten answers to questions 8, 24, and 28. Don't post answers here, but if you take it and want to share your score and which ones you got or missed, please do.
21st-Jan-2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'm having fun with this. If you don't get 24 and want to know what it is, let me know. It was one of the first i got, but I suspect that one's culturally slanted against you because I don't think I've ever heard it on this side of the pond...
21st-Jan-2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, I finally threw in the towel and looked at the answers page. 24 wasn't something I'd get, but I should have gotten 8. 28 was just damn obscure. Heh, most of them were damn obscure. Anyway, 30 it still a very good score, so I'm happy.
23rd-Jan-2006 12:13 am (UTC)
I got them all, but it says my answers for 24 and 32 are incorrect, but I am almost positive they are correct?!
23rd-Jan-2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Better check your spelling!

33 out of 33? Really? That's like suuuuuupergenius! Did you look anything up to find the answers?
23rd-Jan-2006 01:30 am (UTC)
I think I spelled it correctly.

Yeah, I got all 33 of them, it did take me a couple hours of course, nothing too fast. :-\ I had to sit back and think about some of them for a while.
25th-Jan-2006 10:01 am (UTC)
looks like they got in trouble with the mensa ppl (it's changed URLs).

I got 30.5... i say .5 only because I only got #29 after a friend told me his wrong answer. So I can only really count 30.

I've not given up on #30 and #31 though. Although same friend eventually looked up the answers and told me I'll never figure out #30.

...#30 may become my white whale.
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