IQ test preparation

The fear of exams is well known. Many people, most notably women, report feelings of fear and anxiety before taking an exam. And levels of fear and anxiety may impact negatively on concentration level and test takers’ ability to deliver top marks for the exam in question.

But this fear can be exacerbated when taking an IQ test. IQ test preparation is different from other types of exams. The reason for this is quite simple: you don’t actually know what will pop up on the IQ test, and unlike studying for a geography or history exam for which you are made aware of the curriculum and given time to review study materials, IQ tests, particularly fluid IQ tests, will throw questions your way that you may never have seen before or which may be totally different from what you may have been expecting.

The question on a fluid IQ test may relate to (1) spotting a patterns; (2) rotating a figure in your mind; (3) spotting the odd one out;  and (4) completing a logical sequence, etc. etc. So any one of these types of questions can pop up in many different formats, which makes preparation for such tests nearly impossible.

So what it boils down to is feeling rested, sharp and focused on the day of the test. IQ test preparation involves feeling alert, and being ready to respond to anything that is thrown your way.

IQ test preparation tips:

1. One month before the test, learn how to juggle. This will activate the grey matter in your brain. Mastering how to juggle will also improve your hand eye coordination and may help you with processing speed (Gs), which is an important sub-component of fluid intelligence and certainly a critical success factor on the day of the test.  For maximum effect, have Mozart playing in the background.

2. Take a few online IQ tests to get a feel for the time pressures associated with the test. There are a few good free online tests, or most accurate ones such as our at

3. Get some exercise. 25-30 minute cardio sessions daily will improve your circulation and blood flow to your brain and maximize your chances of boosting your IQ.

4. Eat well. Start your day with berry-heavy protein shake. Concentrate your intake of carbs around lunch time, and eat light protein-heavy meals for dinner. Limit alcohol consumption to one glass of wine with your meal.

5. Sleep well. Feeling rested on the day of the test will help you obtain your best possible score. A lack of sleep is the best way to knock off up to 10 IQ points on the day of the test.

In summary, take care of yourself generally, but certainly in the run up to your IQ test for optimal IQ test preparation, and remember that taking a practice test online may help demystify  what might be thrown your way on the day. For those of you who want to take up to three accurate IQ tests online, click here.