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I'm sitting here bored at work and decided to take an IQ test. I was wondering if there was any significant correlation between peoples IQ and their MCAT score or if anyone had ever really looked into this? Just thought it might be interesting to see if these correlated at all.
 

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When you start studying for the P/S section, you'll see why the IQ is a horrible representation to one's intelligence.

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I took the MCAT and agree that IQ isn't the best representation. I guess I was just kind of wondering if there really was a correlation seeing as the IQ test is something you can't really study for while the MCAT is something you can at least somewhat study for. But yeah g factor does make sense.
 

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first of all, unless you actually took the WAIS or another test proctored by a licensed psychologist, I doubt it was the best guess of your real IQ (for better or worse)

second, because it is a reasoning test, I would assume you may see a correlation between IQ and MCAT score. but also remember you need to know information before taking the test, so even an IQ 140+ wouldn't get you a high score if you've never taken a chemistry or biology class before

you IQ likely has something to do with how fast you learn the material and how well/quickly you are able to integrate the passages and apply it on test day.

In my opinion, everyone does have a "range" of MCAT scores which depend on things like intelligence, reasoning skills, and amount studied
 
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first of all, unless you actually took the WAIS or another test proctored by a licensed psychologist, I doubt it was the best guess of your real IQ (for better or worse)

second, because it is a reasoning test, I would assume you may see a correlation between IQ and MCAT score. but also remember you need to know information before taking the test, so even an IQ 140+ wouldn't get you a high score if you've never taken a chemistry or biology class before

you IQ likely has something to do with how fast you learn the material and how well/quickly you are able to integrate the passages and apply it on test day.

In my opinion, everyone does have a "range" of MCAT scores which depend on things like intelligence, reasoning skills, and amount studied
probably not seeing as I'm at work and googled IQ test. But everything on the internet is fact right?
 
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first of all, unless you actually took the WAIS or another test proctored by a licensed psychologist, I doubt it was the best guess of your real IQ (for better or worse)

second, because it is a reasoning test, I would assume you may see a correlation between IQ and MCAT score. but also remember you need to know information before taking the test, so even an IQ 140+ wouldn't get you a high score if you've never taken a chemistry or biology class before

you IQ likely has something to do with how fast you learn the material and how well/quickly you are able to integrate the passages and apply it on test day.

In my opinion, everyone does have a "range" of MCAT scores which depend on things like intelligence, reasoning skills, and amount studied
I scored quite well on my first try despite never having taken a single physics course. To some extent, native cognitive ability is going to influence scores, even in the absence of definite knowledge of the subject. But I'd guess that effect is soon overwhelmed by actual study and content review.

Put another way, if you gave the test cold to a few dozen humanities majors who'd never stepped into a lab, IQ would likely correlate strongly with performance. But the highest scoring among them would still not do as well as someone with slightly below average intelligence who had the opportunity to take the courses and to study in advance.
 
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I scored quite well on my first try despite never having taken a single physics course. To some extent, native cognitive ability is going to influence scores, even in the absence of definite knowledge of the subject. But I'd guess that effect is soon overwhelmed by actual study and content review.

Put another way, if you gave the test cold to a few dozen humanities majors who'd never stepped into a lab, IQ would likely correlate strongly with performance. But the highest scoring among them would still not do as well as someone with slightly below average intelligence who had the opportunity to take the courses and to study in advance.
Are you sure about this? it would be interesting to actually see the results of a study like this haha. I just think that someone with a 130+ IQ could probably pull off a decent score just because the passages give you so much info. And CARS is 0% content knowledge as well. I mean obviously content knowledge has some effect I just wonder to what extent it actually matters.
 

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My take on it is that neither intelligence nor effort is sufficient for a very high (say top percent) score, and both are necessary. Everyone I know that scored astronomically worked their butts off for it, but were also very, very bright students.
 

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I could see a correlation between the two (when IQ is properly measured, not with an online "IQ" quiz) simply because the purpose of the IQ measure is to predict academic success.
 
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Are you sure about this? it would be interesting to actually see the results of a study like this haha. I just think that someone with a 130+ IQ could probably pull off a decent score just because the passages give you so much info. And CARS is 0% content knowledge as well. I mean obviously content knowledge has some effect I just wonder to what extent it actually matters.
Obviously, I can't afford to run the study, but I think it would bear out in reality. I'm not saying that completely science naive geniuses would be able to score in the higher percentiles. Just that brighter people will guess better even if they don't know the material. They will see patterns and be able to rule out highly unlikely answers more easily, and so will do better than someone just picking answers totally at random. That alone wouldn't be adequate for a good score... but if they were measured only against others who were taking the test without preparation or prior knowledge, I think it is extremely likely that higher IQs would yield higher scores.

If you are asking whether a hardworking but not especially bright student could really score better than a bright but untaught one? Yes, absolutely. I've seen that dynamic before. Tons of academically successful people are not the brightest bulbs.. just the most diligent.

As someone else said above, a really stellar score takes hard work and native talent. But if I had to choose one over the other? Natural genius doesn't accomplish anything without discipline.
 

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I'm sitting here bored at work and decided to take an IQ test. I was wondering if there was any significant correlation between peoples IQ and their MCAT score or if anyone had ever really looked into this? Just thought it might be interesting to see if these correlated at all.
1) There's obviously a correlation

2) Online IQ tests are all fake
 

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the questions you would receive on the MCAT i would presume would be on the side of physics and chemistry like logic, both of which are very linear and mathematical in nature which are similar to what IQ tests base their scores off of, with their pattern finding and what not, so i would say that there could be some correlation, but only at face value. I'm sure if someone did a study of it and made a line graph of it, that there would be higher MCAT scores the higher the IQ assuming that all the surveyed had the same amount of knowledge on the subjects.
 

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@efle said it correctly, I think. It requires both. You can't be content naive and score well on the non-verbal subjects. I always describe the mcat as an iq test that uses science knowledge as its given info. Whereas an iq test gives you the info you need so everyone is on the same plane (all zorts are zeets, some zeets are zaps...), that info is science knowledge on the mcat. But the more difficult science questions on the mcat are absolutely not just content, they require high level thinking and pattern recognition.

In speculation, I would say high iq, high level of science knowledge >> high level of science knowledge, average iq > low level of science knowledge, high iq > neither.
 

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I would like to humbly propose that your MCAT score would likely be better if you spent your time studying for the MCAT rather than taking online IQ tests. :-/
 
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Interesting, since the first post was in June 2015, so if you took your real MCAT afterwards you wouldn't have been on the 45 point scale.
Nope I was just referencing my highest practice score. This account is a throwaway. And while I may have made this account originally as a throwaway, this particular post happens to be true ;)

I applaud your detective skills with so little to go on however.
 

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I would like to humbly propose that your MCAT score would likely be better if you spent your time studying for the MCAT rather than taking online IQ tests. :-/
 
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I took the old AAMC free practice test before I'd taken any of the prereq classes/studying/practice (totally cold) and got a 30, 11 verbal, 10 chem/phys, 9 bio--this is between 60-70% of the questions right for 80%ile.

After taking the classes I got a 100%ile score on the new exam--imo the new exam rewards hard work up to about 515 and intelligence above that. Time pressure and passage complexity make the new test impossible without hard work.

I think the emphasis on a combination of hard work and intelligence makes the new test more valuable than the old test for selecting for doctors. On the other hand the new test favors bio and chemistry majors heavily...
 

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I took the old AAMC free practice test before I'd taken any of the prereq classes/studying/practice (totally cold) and got a 30, 11 verbal, 10 chem/phys, 9 bio--this is between 60-70% of the questions right for 80%ile.

After taking the classes I got a 100%ile score on the new exam--imo the new exam rewards hard work up to about 515 and intelligence above that. Time pressure and passage complexity make the new test impossible without hard work.

I think the emphasis on a combination of hard work and intelligence makes the new test more valuable than the old test for selecting for doctors. On the other hand the new test favors bio and chemistry majors heavily...
Wait what makes it better? Old test didn't reward the mix of knowledge and problem solving ability?
 

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Wait what makes it better? Old test didn't reward the mix of knowledge and problem solving ability?
I think the old test is statistically flawed by looking at the histograms. They don't look normal (pun totally not intended)
 

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You could just be smart and do well enough on the old test without any work at all.
You moved up to a score 40x less common by studying! And your verbal saved you, which obviously isn't study based, while your Bio was at the average.

I'd be surprised if you did much worse than 80th on a blind take of the newer version. If anything people taking both have reported the new one to be less recall and more problem solving based on the passage!
 
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You moved up to a score 40x less common by studying! And your verbal saved you, which obviously isn't study based, while your Bio was at the average.

I'd be surprised if you did much worse than 80th on a blind take of the newer version. If anything people taking both have reported the new one to be less recall and more problem solving based on the passage!
Reading those scientific articles on the new test was basically impossible for me last year--I just simply didn't know the words. So for the bio, chem, and psych I'd say the sections are essentially impossible without heavy study.
 

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Reading those scientific articles on the new test was basically impossible for me last year--I just simply didn't know the words. So for the bio, chem, and psych I'd say the sections are essentially impossible without heavy study.
This was true on the old test too, hence your 56th percentile Bio despite being a person capable of a near perfect score.
 

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Reading those scientific articles on the new test was basically impossible for me last year--I just simply didn't know the words. So for the bio, chem, and psych I'd say the sections are essentially impossible without heavy study.
This. I may be wrong, but I studied for the old one and took the new one, and I found the passages themselves to be tougher to decipher. I say this having taken all of the AAMC practice exams (for old test).
 
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This might not be relevant to the topic at hand but do you feel like after a certain score it's mainly luck? Depending on the test you get that day.
 

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This might not be relevant to the topic at hand but do you feel like after a certain score it's mainly luck? Depending on the test you get that day.
At the very upper end, it certainly used to be. Verbal used to be reported as "13-15" because the upper end gets extremely oversensitive, with a single question wrong being worth a full point. Phys/Chem was similar, dropping you from 15 to 14 on one or two errors. Someone capable of a 44 on one day could very easily get a 40 if they tested again the next week.

The new test addressed this a lot though, eg. 13-15 V on the old test are all now a 132 CARS on the new one, same with 14-15 Phys/Chem both becoming a 132. Something like a 34 vs 38 I'd have a hard time attributing to luck (515 vs 521 on the new test).
 

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At the very upper end, it certainly used to be. Verbal used to be reported as "13-15" because the upper end gets extremely oversensitive, with a single question wrong being worth a full point. Phys/Chem was similar, dropping you from 15 to 14 on one or two errors. Someone capable of a 44 on one day could very easily get a 40 if they tested again the next week.

The new test addressed this a lot though, eg. 13-15 V on the old test are all now a 132 CARS on the new one, same with 14-15 Phys/Chem both becoming a 132. Something like a 34 vs 38 I'd have a hard time attributing to luck (515 vs 521 on the new test).
That would make sense why there are a lot of perfect scores with the new test! I feel like I almost never saw a perfect score on the old test.

So you're saying after a 38 it's luck? But getting to a 38 is doable with hard work and adequate preparation.
 

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That would make sense why there are a lot of perfect scores with the new test! I feel like I almost never saw a perfect score on the old test.

So you're saying after a 38 it's luck? But getting to a 38 is doable with hard work and adequate preparation.
Yes, 132s are a lot more common than 15s!

I'd guess after a 38 the confidence interval widens considerably, yeah. I don't think you can get to the top percentile just from a good work ethic. You need a good work ethic and brainpower (in my opinion)!
 

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I would like to humbly propose that your MCAT score would likely be better if you spent your time studying for the MCAT rather than taking online IQ tests. :-/
Along similar lines, I was going to suggest that while MCAT isn't an IQ test, there's an extremely strong correlation between people insecure about their relative intelligence and finding the need to google or take an IQ test. The confidently smart people on this planet have no need for this kind of dubious validation. So basically if you've checked your IQ you've already lost.
 
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Along similar lines, I was going to suggest that while MCAT isn't an IQ test, there's an extremely strong correlation between people insecure about their relative intelligence and finding the need to google or take an IQ test. The confidently smart people on this planet have no need for this kind of dubious validation. So basically if you've checked your IQ you've already lost.
I have been never insecure about my relative's intelligence; they are all schmucks ..... oh sorry wrong validation thread. never mind......
 

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With no data, it isnt obvious but perhaps a reasonable hypothesis
It's obvious.

Having worked extensively with IQ tests doing psych research and clinical research, and having recently taken the MCAT, I would stake my life on there being a correlation without a second thought.

I hate nature vs. nurture debates. Fortunate nature (i.e. high IQ) is beneficial, high-quality nurture (i.e. studying) is beneficial. Always. Both correlate with success. We can certainly debate the relative significance of each, but both play non-negligible roles.

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It's obvious.

Having worked extensively with IQ tests doing psych research and clinical research, and having recently taken the MCAT, I would stake my life on there being a correlation without a second thought.

I hate nature vs. nurture debates. Fortunate nature (i.e. high IQ) is beneficial, high-quality nurture (i.e. studying) is beneficial. Always. Both correlate with success. We can certainly debate the relative significance of each, but both play non-negligible roles.

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Your life isnt worth that much using the basis of scientific method as the guidebook. As a researcher, it would be obvious that you know this but apparently not. As an individual planning to enter medicine, which is essentially being an applied biomedical researcher, it should be obvious to rely on fact based medicine, and having a second thought is good when analyzing a situation. As a prospective physician, it should be obvious that you will be constantly explaining and educating patients so being accurate would be an obvious goal to that end. And lastly, it should be obvious when expressing things in public forum to easily impressionable young mind that how you say something is as important as what you say. Then of course, you would think that would be obvious to certain presidential candidates but its not.

Back to your research with IQ and such, it should be obvious that statistical analysis would be used and therefore correlation should mean single number that describes the degree of relationship between two variables. Since there is no data on this here for IQ and MCAT, a reasonable hypothesis can be made that IQ will have some correlation to MCAT. That much is obvious
 
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"Be careful of demeaning words like "obviously", "clearly", or "undoubtedly." Something that is obvious to you may not be obvious to the reader."
Lesson III: Concision and Simplicity, Scientific Writing Resource, Duke University Graduate School

Your life isnt worth that much using the basis of scientific method as the guidebook. As a researcher, it would be obvious that you know this but apparently not. As an individual planning to enter medicine, which is essentially being an applied biomedical researcher, it should be obvious to rely on fact based medicine, and having a second thought is good when analyzing a situation. As a prospective physician, it should be obvious that you will be constantly explaining and educating patients so being accurate would be an obvious goal to that end. And lastly, it should be obvious when expressing things in public forum to easily impressionable young mind that how you say something is as important as what you say. Then of course, you would think that would be obvious to certain presidential candidates but its not.

Back to your research with IQ and such, it should be obvious that statistical analysis would be used and therefore correlation should mean single number that describes the degree of relationship between two variables. Since there is no data on this here for IQ and MCAT, a reasonable hypothesis can be made that IQ will have some correlation to MCAT. That much is obvious
That resource is referring to scientific writing on complex topics. I'm not trying to write that way in an online forum, especially about such a simple topic. Still, I apologize if my word choice seemed demeaning to you.

But come on. Do we also need data to assume, without a shadow of a doubt, that there exists some correlation between arm size and max bicep curl weight? Guys with huge arms will tend to be able to lift more than guys with scrawny arms. There are other factors, but there will be a correlation, I promise you that.
 

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That resource is referring to scientific writing on complex topics. I'm not trying to write that way in an online forum, especially about such a simple topic. Still, I apologize if my word choice seemed demeaning to you.

But come on. Do we also need data to assume, without a shadow of a doubt, that there exists some correlation between arm size and max bicep curl weight? Guys with huge arms will tend to be able to lift more than guys with scrawny arms. There are other factors, but there will be a correlation, I promise you that.
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This is my theory anyways, based on all the posts you see that say "I haven't taken the MCAT yet but plan to study as much as necessary to get a top 20 competitive score..."
 
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SDN does not like the thought that factors besides effort can determine fates!

Wouldn't YOU be upset to hear your lifelong dream of attending HMS might not be possible with effort alone??

This is my theory anyways, based on all the posts you see that say "I haven't taken the MCAT yet but plan to study as much as necessary to get a top 20 competitive score..."
lol very true, I just expected gonnif to know better
 

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That resource is referring to scientific writing on complex topics. I'm not trying to write that way in an online forum, especially about such a simple topic. Still, I apologize if my word choice seemed demeaning to you.

But come on. Do we also need data to assume, without a shadow of a doubt, that there exists some correlation between arm size and max bicep curl weight? Guys with huge arms will tend to be able to lift more than guys with scrawny arms. There are other factors, but there will be a correlation, I promise you that.
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My take on it is that neither intelligence nor effort is sufficient for a very high (say top percent) score, and both are necessary. Everyone I know that scored astronomically worked their butts off for it, but were also very, very bright students.
I think this is the entire point of the MCAT.

You can't just be smart to be a successful med student. You can't be a hard working imbecile either. You have to have both qualities to succeed in this profession.
 
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