Can You Pass This Tricky Math Test?



By: Stella Alexander

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

What's your IQ? When you think about the important numbers in your life, there are quite a few. You might still remember your college GPA. Your credit score should be something you monitor on a regular basis. What about your IQ? While most people don't know their IQ, there's a select group of people who would fall into one of the high IQ societies. Would you?

While most people take IQ tests for fun, there's an elite group of people who take IQ tests to prove their intense aptitude for knowledge. Mensa International is one of the oldest high IQ societies, where you'd need to have an IQ of around 130. Although this might be the best-known IQ society, there are even more that have higher requirements for their members. Intertel requires an IQ of 135, while Triple Nine Society looks for the top 0.1% with an IQ of 146. If you want to consider the two top IQ societies, the Prometheus Society requires members to have an IQ of 160 while the Mega Society looks for an extremely high IQ of 172. 

IQ tests measure short-term memory, spatial recognition, analytical thinking and mathematical abilities. Math is often considered one of the hardest subjects in school, but clearly this would be no issue for a member of a high IQ society. Only members of the high IQ society can pass this math test. Can you prove that you should join the ranks? Let's find out!

Steven has a total of 36 eggs. How many dozens does he have?

A dozen is 12 of something. That means you'd have to divide 36 by 12 to figure out how many dozen there, are which is 3.


Which is more, 2 feet or 1 yard?

A yard is longer than 2 feet. A yard is 3 feet long.


4^3 = ?

Multiply 4 by 4 to get 16 and then multiply by 4 to get 64.


Solve the following equation: (x+2) / 5 = 6

Multiply both sides by 5 to get x + 2 = 30. Subtract 2 from both sides to get that x = 28.


What is 20% of 200?

In order to find 10% of 200, you would move the imaginary decimal after the second zero one place to the left. This would give you that 10% of 200 is 20. In order to find 20%, just multiply it by 2 to get 40.


If a box of 20 balloons costs $10, what is the unit cost for 1 balloon?

In this problem, you'd simply have to divide the 20 balloons by the complete cost of $10 to get that each balloon costs 50 cents.


Evaluate the following expression: 3ab when a = 3, b = 3

For this problem, you'd essentially have 3 x 3 x 3 which is 27.


What is the reciprocal of 7/8?

The reciprocal of a number is a number that you would have to multiply it by to get 1. 7/8 multiplied by 8/7 is 1.


How many seconds are in 3 minutes?

There are 60 seconds in 1 minute. In order to find out how many seconds there are in 3 minutes, you would multiply 60 seconds by 3 to get 180 seconds.


For the function f(x) = x^2, what is f(-5)?

In this question, you have to place -5 into the function. Negative five times negative five is equal to 25.


Cecilia buys 2 books every time she goes to the store. Last month she went four times. How many books did she buy last month?

Cecilia went to the store four times last month. If she buys two books each time, you need to multiply her trips (4) by the number of books she buys (2) to get 8 books total.


Which of the following is a prime number?

A prime number is a number that only has two factors, 1 and itself. 7 is the only number listed that is a prime number.


Solve for x: 5x - 35 = 0.

Add 35 to both sides and then divide by 5 to get that x = 7.


What is the square root of 225?

A perfect square is when you take one number and multiply it by itself. 225 is a perfect square because you multiply 15 by itself. The square root of 225 would be 15.


Which of the following angles is considered obtuse?

An obtuse angle is any angle that is larger than 90 degrees but smaller than 180.


Evaluate: 4^2 / 2^2

Four squared is 16. Two squared is 4. Divide 16 by 4 to get that the answer is 4.


Solve the following equation: 3(x+1) = 15

For this problem, you would first distribute the three across the parentheses to get 3x + 3 = 15. After substracting 3 from both sides, you would divide by 3 to get that x = 4.


What is the greatest common factor of 12 and 18?

For the greatest common factor, it is the highest number that is a factor of both numbers. In this case, the GCF is 6.


How many degrees are in a triangle?

There are 180 degrees in a triangle.


In a triangle, if side a = 3 and side b = 4, what is side c equal to?

The Pythagorean Theorem teaches that a (squared) + b (squared) = c (squared). By following this, you would find that c = 5.


In a straight line, if one angle is equal to 67, what is the other angle equal to?

If a straight line is 180 degrees, the two angles have to equal that amount. If one angle is 67, that means the other angle has to be equal to 113.


Which of the following numbers is a perfect square?

The only perfect square is 169 because this number is 13x13.


123 + 987 = ?

All you have to do is add the numbers to get that the answer is 1110.


1/2bh is the area equation for what shape?

1/2bh or one-half base times the height is the area equation for a triangle.


4 = x - 5

Add 5 to both sides to get x = 9.


What is the absolute value of |-5|?

The absolute value of a number can never be negative. This is why the absolute value of -5 is 5.


If you take the average of a group of numbers, you're finding the ...

If you take the average of a group of numbers, you are attempting to find the mean.


11x - 86 = 2

First you'd start by adding 86 to 2. This gives you 11x = 88. Divide both sides by 11 to get x = 8.


1/2 x 1/2

When multiplying fraction, you need to multiply across the entire problem. Multiply the numerators and then multiply the denominators to get 1/4.


Which of these fractions is larger: 1/2 or 2/3?

2/3 is a larger fraction than 1/2. In order to find this out, you would have to set the numbers up so that they have the same denominator.


Which of the following is a composite number?

A prime number is number that only has two factors, 1 and itself. A composite number is one that has 3 or more factors. The factors of 6 are 1, 2, 3, and 6.


18x = -54

18 goes into 54 three times, but since 54 is negative, the answer must be negative as well.


Which of the following angle degrees could be considered acute?

An acute angle is described as an angle that is less than 90 degrees. A 90 degree angle would be a right angle while if the angle is bigger than 90 degrees, it would be obtuse.


8x = 32

For this problem, you simply need to multiply both sides of the equation by 8 to get that x = 4.


0 = 5 - x

For this problem, all you have to do is add x to both sides to get x = 5.


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