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What Is The Highest IQ Possible You Can Achieve?

by Hazel L November 25, 2018

What do Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and Judit Polgar have in common? They all have an IQ score between 160 – 170. This puts them in a very select group of people: those with the highest recorded IQ scores in the world.

So, what does an IQ of 160-170 even mean? Well, quite a lot, actually! Having the highest IQ possible is a great achievement.

Einstein and Hawking were among the best scientific minds in history. Polgar is the best female chess player in the world. People with high IQs aren’t just intelligent, they’re often highly successful, high achieving individuals.

Einstein and Hawking were among the best scientific minds in history. Polgar is the best female chess player in the world. People with high IQs aren’t just intelligent, they’re often highly successful, high achieving individuals.

Could this be you? People think intelligence is set in stone, but that simply isn’t true.  It is possible to attain your highest IQ possible.

As Jim Kwik, Author of Mindvalley’s Superbrain Program says,

Your brain is a muscle. It’s not about mental intelligence, it’s about mental fitness.

In this article we will answer the following questions:

  1. What is the average IQ of a person?
  2. What is a good IQ score?
  3. The highest recorded IQ
  4. The smartest person in the world in 2018?
  5. How can I increase my IQ score?

Let’s begin!

what is IQ

What Is The Average IQ Of A Person?


IQ stands for ‘intelligence quotient.’ The concept was created in 1916 by American psychologist, Lewis Terman. He conducted the first IQ test on American soldiers during World War I.

Today, the average IQ falls between 90 and 110. IQ score above 120 is considered superior.

IQ tests don’t just measure how much information you know. They actually analyze your brain’s capacity to learn. IQ tests examine your overall cognitive functions, including analytical thinking, short-term memory, logical reasoning, and spatial recognition.

What Is A Good IQ Score?


Since IQ tests are divided into sections to test different cognitive functions, you may find that you excel in certain sections and score lower in others. This is entirely normal and nothing to worry about. After all, we each have our own unique strengths and abilities!

So, what is a good IQ score? Average IQ scores for over 95% of those who take the test range between 70 to 130. A good IQ score falls within the 80-110 range. The highest possible IQ score you can get is between 160-170.

What Is The Highest Recorded IQ?


The person with the highest IQ ever recorded in the World Book of Guinness Records was William James Sidis. His estimated IQ score ranged between 250 and 300 points.

William James Sidis was born in New York City in 1898 and was considered a child prodigy due to his excellence in math and language. He spoke a variety of languages and studied at Harvard University at the age of 11. By the time he was 20 years old, he became a professor at age 22, he wrote the book, The Animate and the Inanimate.

Sadly, Sidis’ life turn a turn in 1919 when he was imprisoned due to his involvement at a socialist anti-war rally. He withdrew from his academic career and took up odd jobs to make ends meet. Sidis died in 1944, at the age of 46. He’s still considered to be the smartest man in the world.

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Who Is The Smartest Person In The World In 2018?


The person with the highest IQ score today is Russian mathematician, Grigori Perelman. With an IQ of 238 points, Perelman is considered to be the most intelligent man in the world.

His greatest academic contribution to date is the Thurston’s Geometrization Conjecture: the solution to the famously challenging mathematical hypothesis, the Poincaré Conjecture.

How Can I Increase My IQ Score?


Are you interested in finding out more about your IQ? Plenty of tests are available online and they don’t take long to complete.

Some believe intelligence is static and unchanging. What you’re born with is what you’ve got. Right?

Wrong. You can improve your IQ score by improving your cognitive abilities. You just have to put your mind to it. Literally. 

If you have to read a lot of documents and non-fiction books in your job, you can easily learn how to speed read.

For game and trivia lovers, you can set aside five to ten minutes a day and play brain teasers and puzzles like Sudoku (my personal favorite because they are so addictive). These brain teasers really give your IQ a quick boost!

To have more fun at improving your IQ, try these awesome brain games.

To keep things fun and consistent, don’t stick to just one kind of brain game all the time. Schedule different kinds of brain training exercises on a weekly basis.

Finally, another creative and fun way to improve your learning is with the help of Jim Kwik’s Superbrain Masterclass. Not only will you take the first step to acquiring your highest IQ possible, but you’ll also develop lifelong skills you can use each and every day.

Embrace Your Superbrain With Jim Kwik (For Free!)

Globally celebrated brain expert Jim Kwik believes that everyone has a Superbrain – it’s just a matter of tapping into its power. Because of this, Jim decided to collaborate with us to bring you a FREE Superbrain Masterclass so you can totally boost your brain power, learn any skill faster, retain more, forget less, and much more

In this 60-minute online session, Jim will share his secret 10 Mental Hacks you can apply right away to unlock your superbrain and best IQ score yet!

Join the fellow 2,455,622+ students who have successfully completed this Masterclass by clicking below. It’s completely free of charge for everyone!  

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