The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and the Stanford-Binet do not measure intelligence in a single, simple form. Rather, they have a set of problems which measures your ability to process things quickly, understand what you are told, and recognize sequences.

Should you want to increase your IQ score on these scales, take a look at the following nine useful guidelines…

1.  Learn

Genetics aside, education, in particular formal scientific study such as mathematics and physics, is a big factor contributing to your IQ. Sciences increase your understanding of the world, which in turn improves comprehension, vocabulary, spatial and mathematical abilities, and logic.

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Watch and observe things carefully, and with concentration, to open your mind to new ideas, human behaviour, beauty, etc.

2.  Do logic and lateral thinking puzzles

Logic and lateral thinking puzzles such as cryptic crosswords, chess and Sudoku help your brain think outside the box and solve problems in different ways. Try puzzles that involve memory, speed, or vocabulary. Turn off the TV and put your mind to work instead!

3.  Listen to classical music

The Mozart effect suggests that, by listening to classical music, a short-term improvement is induced on the performance of certain tasks. Gradually, this may have a somewhat long-term effect.

4.  Sleep

In order to store information into the long-term memory, and to help keep your brain and concentration in peak condition, you need to get enough sleep â?? around eight hours. It is a proven fact that sleeping longer stores more information into the long-term memory.

5.  Read!

Reading enhances the mind’s ability to comprehend, as well as encourages you to think critically. Reading different genres is important. This might include well-researched articles, newspapers, current events magazines, and multi-content periodicals (such as the New Yorker). Make sure the material corresponds to your reading level.

Whilst reading, look up unfamiliar words in your dictionary, and try to remember the definition.

6.  Write

Write whenever possible. Send a note instead of an email, or write a draft of a paper (or an outline). It will increase visual and kinaesthetic stimulation.

Try writing with your non-dominant hand. There is a theory that writing with your non-dominant hand can lead to stimulation of the side of the brain opposite to that hand. Writing with your non-dominant hand can, in fact, lead to stimulation of the side of the brain that is opposite to that hand. Bear in mind that this is only a theory.

7.  Meditate

Meditation has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain, patience, concentration, and memory. Try different meditation techniques to find one that suits and benefits you.

8.  Exercise

You need to keep your body fit in order to keep your brain in peak condition. Studies show that breath correlates to attention span. Try swimming, running, or any other aerobic exercise. Get your heart racing and work up a sweat for at least 30 minutes a day.

9.  Eat healthily

Eat a wholefood diet. Avoid processed and fast foods. Eat â??brain foodsâ?? such as whole grains, oily fish or flax, red or blue berries, nuts especially walnuts, cocoa, etc.