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Dr Reichel's IQ Test
They say that repeatedly doing IQ tests will improve your IQ score and make you look like a genius in test-based job applications. They also say that online or app-based tests are tipped to flatter your ego by awarding you a generous result; after all, the developers have nothing to lose.
My Dr Reichel's IQ Test score did not especially flatter my ego, and doing the test is so turgid you have to believe that it is at least close to the real thing. If it improves your IQ, then this is a useful way to spend 45 minutes.
Dr Wolfgang Reichel, the introductory text explains, is one of the most renowned IQ experts in Europe and the author of several books about aptitude and IQ tests. This app has 13 sections that test a range of mental abilities from spotting the odd word out, through completing visual and numeric series to memory testing.
The questions on the whole, seemed fair, but a section on technical reasoning required that you know some laws of physics - such as levers, gears and magnetism - which is not particularly fair.
To do the test, you simply type in your name and age, and then work through the 70 questions, tap in the correction option and keep an eye on the timer. While doing it, I made use of the option to have background music "especially designed to increase concentration".
Within touching distance of the end, on question 58, I lost my concentration for a moment and hit a wrong key, causing the app to close. Trying to not panic, I reopened the app and was relieved that the app recognised the test was incomplete, and allowed me to continue.
At the end, you receive your score and the opportunity to review the questions you missed.
The app allows you, or someone else, to redo the test, and the final score is kept on a leader board. I got my 16-year-old daughter to have a go, but halfway through she tossed it aside with disdain and returned to Facebook.