Cade Metz — Wired.com

Intelligence Test for College Freshman

This is an actual test a professor gave to an engineering class. The goal of this test is not to make someone feel less smart, rather to show that that each question, if looked carefully and/or from a different angle, can provide a simple clear solution. I recently gave this test to my design and development team to see if they focus on details or getting the job done. Result was fairly what I expected.

  1. How many birthdays does the average man have?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 1
    (c) 37
    (d) 52
    (e) 73
  2. Some months have 31 days in them, how many have 28?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 1
    (c) 2
    (d) 3
    (e) 6
    (f ) 9
    (g) 12
  3. How many outs are there in a inning (baseball)?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 2
    (c) 3
    (d) 6
    (e) 8
  4. Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow’s sister?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) Yes
    (c) No
  5. Divide 30 by ½ and add 10. What is the answer?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 10
    (c) 25
    (d) 50
    (e) 70
    (f) 90
  6. If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have? (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 1
    (c) 2
    (d) 3
  7. A doctor gives you three pills telling you to take one every half hour. How many minutes would the pills last?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 20
    (c) 40
    (d) 60
    (e) 90
  8. A farmer has 17 sheep, and all but 9 die. How many are left?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 1
    (c) 3
    (d) 5
    (e) 7
    (f) 9
  9. How many animals of each sex did Moses take on the ark?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 3
    (c) 2
    (d) 1
    (e) 0
  10. How many two cent stamps are there in a dozen?
    (a) I Don’t Know
    (b) 3
    (c) 6
    (d) 9
    (e) 12
    (f) 24

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