Canada's National IQ Test

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

nationsiq.jpgWhen our friend tonight told me about this I thought he was joking, or making fun of me, or a little bit of both. He was being rather serious and described to me what was going to take place tomorrow on the CBC, Canada’s National IQ Test tomorrow at 8:00pm.

Test the Nation will be the biggest survey ever conducted to see just how smart Canadians are. In this live two-hour special, the whole country can participate in a real-time interactive IQ test. Viewers can take the test in the comfort of their own home, on the internet or with pen and paper, while our seven teams – Tattoo Artists, Millionaires, Fitness Instructors, Surgeons, Mayors, Talk Jocks and Celebrities – are exercising their grey matter in our Toronto studio.[CBC]

There was a “play along at home” card in the National Post today, and there is also a copy you can download from the show’s website. The thing that scares me is that it’s multiple choice – and lord knows in high school (although I was a pretty good student) I never did as well on multiple choice tests. Don’t even get me STARTED on Scantron… I swear I had a Scantron allergy. [How to Play].

scantron.jpgSo what’s to stop you from Googling the answers? I’m pretty quick to the draw with the good ol’ search engine. Then again I’m sure the questions are not Google-able, and yes, that defeats the whole purpose of the “test”. But, isn’t it a plus if you’re able to use tools to accomplish a task? Eh?

On another note, what if someone wants to just really screw with the “Nation” and the “CBC” and they purposely log on to answer falsely thus bringing Canada’s IQ down, eh? Oh but people in Toronto were probably already going to be completing the test so… yeah.

I am a true sucker for trivia but it seems like the CBC is on a big “greatest” and “smartest” stint lately. We had the “Greatest Canadian” then the “Greatest Canadian Invention” followed by the upcoming “Next Great Prime Minister“. Or course tonight, they featured the greatest team in the NHL, beating Detroit 4-1.

Update: The results are in for Teams, National, and the TOP 20 people in the country.

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  1. MartinSunday, March 18th, 2007 — 9:27am PDT

    Ok, I agree with the dig at Toronto. I mean, really, as a westerner I never thought that Torontonians were that smart. But that remark about the greatest team in the NHL? They have one thing going for them and that is Luongo. Without him they would be doing their impersonation of the Toronto Maple Laughs.

  2. Rev. Don DeeleySunday, March 18th, 2007 — 1:47pm PDT

    If you’re going to make fun of Toronto for being stupid, shoulding you do it without a typo? Just saying… as a kid raised in Detroit.
    Grrrrrrr… Canucks.

  3. Rev. Don DeeleySunday, March 18th, 2007 — 1:47pm PDT

    And I shoulding make that comment wit no typo as well.

  4. Miss604Sunday, March 18th, 2007 — 5:04pm PDT

    You’re fun 😀 When you coming to visit again??

  5. Rev. Don DeeleySunday, March 18th, 2007 — 10:14pm PDT

    It’ll be awhile yet. Let me figure out where I’ll be in six months and I’ll let you know.
    Here’s the real question-when are y’all (post Canadian-naturalization) coming stateside? Hockey season doesn’t last forever.
    If you want the authentic Rev. Don Deeley experience, pick up some random album like Hella’s There No 666 in Outer Space, Paul Brill’s Harpooner, the Bust’s self-titled EP or the Clash’s London Calling, wait for an awkward silence and then go, “Hey, have you heard [insert album here]?” then play the record. After the record’s done, say, “Why don’t we get some Slurpees and rent/watch Corner Gas?” It’ll be like I’m right there.
    Seriously, check out those records though. Killer stuff.

  6. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Test the Nation: Watch Your LanguageFriday, August 24th, 2007 — 2:01pm PDT

    […] record your answers. Then your score would be compared with everyone else’s coast-to-coast [Miss604]. A little graph would display in which percentile you ranked and who was the smartest in the […]

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