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Brainbreaker IQ Test: Verbal Analogies

These 24 analogies were created by Ronald K. Hoeflin, Ph.D., and are taken from the "Brainbreaker," the "other half" of the famous Mega Test. The Mega Test has been taken by thousands of people, including Marilyn Savant of Parade Magazine fame, and John H. Sununu, then governor of New Hampshire and later Chief of Staff under President Bush, with both individuals achieving extremely high scores on the Mega. The Brainbreaker had been out of circulation for over 20 years, but we recently acquired all rights to it from Dr. Hoeflin. The Brainbreaker, like the Mega Test, is believed to measure intellectual ability above the 99.9999th percentile, which is one person in a million.

Around 1980, Hoeflin circulated a "100 Item Test" among members of some high IQ societies, and obtained normative data through people taking the test. The 100 Item Test was later split into 2 48 item tests (with 4 problems discarded). One test became the famous Mega Test, which was published in Omni Magazine in April 1985.

The Brainbreaker, the other test, was published in 1985, along with its answers, and so was no longer usable as an admissions test for high IQ groups (the Mega Test was still used for admissions until around 2000). The publication later went out of print, and the Brainbreaker disappeared into obscurity... until now.

The 24 verbal analogies that constitute this test are the first half of the Brainbreaker test. The other 24 items, Spatial and Numerical Problems, appear on this site as a separate test. We also provide the original scoring chart for you to evaluate your performance (a "second opinion" if you will, since our site already provides estimated scores) on both tests combined at - According to this chart, answering 45 or more of the 48 problems correctly would equate to a score at or above the 99.9999th percentile: the one-in-a-million level.

Unlike most of our tests, you are encouraged to use a dictionary in book form, especially an unabridged dictionary such as Webster's Third New International Dictionary: or at least a "good" dictionary such as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition:, and any other books (but not electronic or online books - just standard books with paper pages). Please do not use any web sites, software, or the help of anyone else in working these problems. You may use paper, pen or pencil, and a standard or computer calculator.

For each problem, determine which word should replace the question mark (?). The symbol : should be read as "is to" and :: should be read as "as".


UP : DOWN :: DAY is to (?)

would be read as

UP is to DOWN as DAY is to (?)

The answer would be NIGHT

Many of the problems are VERY difficult, and several may contain words, names or terms that you are unfamiliar with. Be sure to answer every problem, even if this means guessing on some problems. There are no penalties for guessing.

There is no time limit. Unlike most of our tests, for which we recommend "1 or 2 sessions," you may wish to spend more time on this test. Many people spent around a month working on the 48 item Mega Test before submitting their answers.

Your estimated IQ score, general population percentile ranking, and the answers to the problems are all provided when you complete the test.
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