In other weird website news, a Twitter user by the name of “christoph” discovered that some of the more conspiracy-oriented Trump supporters seem to be using the definitely legitimate site “iq-test.net” to claim that Donald Trump has an IQ of 156. At least.
At first I thought this lady was taking the piss. But as far as I can tell (I checked her other tweets) she’s for real. And thus I discovered this website which details Donald Trump’s alleged 156 IQ. Again, I think it’s serious.https://t.co/GAM1VapunF pic.twitter.com/Nqfz5lQtT8— christoph (@Halalcoholism) December 25, 2019
As the Twitter user points out, Trump himself has never released any actual IQ score and it’s unknown whether he’s actually taken one despite repeatedly claiming that his is high. This website’s reasoning for giving the president an IQ of 156 is also rather shakey.
“Donald Trump graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and anthropology,” writes whoever wrote the copy. “Mensa does not accept SAT scores from after 1994. However, Mr. Trump was a student at Wharton when it was possible to derive and [sic] accurate IQ test scores from known SAT scores. Given the usual requirements for admission to a top school like Wharton. I estimate that Mr. Trump has a 156 IQ at the minimum.”
Posted without comment pic.twitter.com/Huckl9joXg— christoph (@Halalcoholism) December 25, 2019
Of course, we all know that admission to U.S. colleges is based on SAT scores and grades and has nothing to do with how much daddy “donates” to the school.
The website offers more “evidence” for Trump’s IQ estimate, but looking at the scores estimated for other individuals throws the site’s qualifications even further into doubt. Giving IQ scores to fictional characters like Sheldon Cooper and Batman doesn’t help.
Maybe the worst, however, is what they say about Michelle Obama.
Some real science going on here pic.twitter.com/lqWI7EALcc
— christoph (@Halalcoholism) December 25, 2019
“Some of the conclusion for Michelle Obama IQ is like: ‘Although First Lady Michelle Obama is black, and these tend to score low on IQ tests, Michelle shows two major signs of intelligence. She has a brilliant husband, and she’s super tall,'” the website says.
Meanwhile, they give Barron Trump an IQ of 146 and Melania an IQ of 200.
Official IQ tests are controversial scientific tools that cost money to take and are not accessible to just anyone. The free online tests offered by websites like iq-test.net are not necessarily the most reliable, as demonstrated by Dean Burnett for The Guardian. He took a number of online IQ tests, scoring between 123 and 140 each time. How did he do so well?
It only took me three tries for me to figure out free online IQ tests are a scam to get my email address.— Joe Machi (@joemachi) September 14, 2015
“At this point it would probably be informative to reveal my techniques for getting such high scores,” wrote Burnett. “Basically, all the tests used multiple-choice questions, and I answered each one entirely at random. The whole thing took me less than half an hour.”