Maribel posted a link to a MENSA test, which is always a sure-fire way to feel like a dope and a brainiac at the same time. I'll warn you that many of the word-type questions are Anglocentric, and some are just plain dumb: "Which vowel comes midway between J and T?" Um, let's see . . . could it be O, which is the *only* vowel that comes midway between J and T?

I liked the math questions. My favorite is this: "If two typists can type two pages in two minutes, how many typists will it take to type 18 pages in six minutes?" I got it wrong, but I loved figuring out why. The answer and explanation are in the Comments.

The answer is 6, not 3 as you might have guessed. If you started off by saying, "So, that means that 1 typist can type 1 page in 1 minute," you're already off on the wrong track. At the end of 2 minutes, the 2 typists have produced 2 pages, so it took 2 minutes for each of the typists to do their respective page. In other words, 1 typist can type 1 page in 2 minutes. Thus 1 typist can type 3 pages in 6 minutes, so you'd need 6 typists to do 18 pages in 6 minutes. Clear as mud, eh?

Posted by: Karen | January 06, 2007 at 03:47 PM

Rats, I got 3 also.

Posted by: scott | January 06, 2007 at 04:39 PM

I got four wrong, numbers 15 and 19, which were the unscramble word ones and which I just didn't answer because I couldn't think of them. Also number 3 (the thing about time), which confused me and, stupidly, number 6, which was the thing about how many 7's there are. That one was just careless on my part.

Posted by: Debra Hamel | January 06, 2007 at 07:38 PM

@Karen you're right. It'll take 6 typists to type 18 pages in 6 minutes.

one gets confused with the style of asking the question. it's not 3.

Posted by: Abhishek | February 19, 2011 at 09:50 AM