So I looked it up. A Raven test turns out to be an IQ test, in which one is to identify progressively difficult shape sequences. Driven by curiosity, I started the test on line, and it turned out to be great fun. It was really quite hard by the end. And then the kicker: they say , “Well done, you have completed the test. Now you will have to pay 19 Euros if you want to see the results”.
Well, by this time I had wasted half an hour of my time, and despite some suspicion that the whole thing might be a scam, I paid the 19 Euros. This is what they sent back:
Robert Fenwick Elliott,
Your IQ is: 156
Standard Deviation: 24
Your age adjusted IQ score is 156 and the average score for all test takers is 98.45.
Your Grade ** Genius **
Anyone with a general IQ this high is undoubtedly a genius. From this range on,
only specific high-range tests should be considered. You have the ability to think critically,
conceptualize ideas and form your own conclusions. Your ability to think in patterns and
to produce order out of chaos enables you to handle complexities and see logic in everything…
Oh well! Perhaps it was worth 19 Euros just to have a bit of feel-good validation. I wonder if they will start bombarding me with messaging asking if I would like to spend another 19 Euros on a “specific high-range” test?