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Inattentive ADHD

Taking an IQ test with ADD

Hey guys,

So i’ve been thinking about this for a long time,
and because i think i’m ‘highly gifted’
i want to take an IQ test.

Sadly my concentration is a big blockade in this.
Online tests show that my iq is above 135 and i want to prove this by taking an official test.

they dont offer a specialised test for people with concentration issues so i’m worrying that i’ll be throwing a lot of money away to do a test that won’t show my potential.

What can i do to improve my concentration and how can i prepare myself for this challenge?

how do you guys cope with concentration? are there any medicine you’d advice or any kind of therapy or anything ?



Hello Ravynn-

I don’t know the answer to your question but I am curious about why the actual number is so important? You are obviously extremely bright so how would knowing your actual IQ score benefit you in any way? I agree that it would be a waste of money.

If you read this site there are many recommendations for you to improve your concentration, so that is my recommendation for you. Obviously medication is one tool, but there are other things to try as well. Your issues with concentration are unique to you, therefore the way for you to improve your concentration will be unique. There is no one size fits all, as you probably already know.

Best, Sally

Posted by momofson on Oct 26, 2015 at 1:50pm

Hi Ravynn,

I agree with Sally. Spending a plie of money on this quest for an ‘accurate’ number may waste money. Moreover, there are many forms of intelligence.

One good way to improve concentration is to focus much of your activity on issues which engage you most closely.


Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Oct 26, 2015 at 3:41pm

ya, I don’t understand the reason for the test either.  But…. find a test that is not timed.  That you can get up and walk around and then come back to.
  Strenuous exercise is supposed to confer up to 4 hours of ability to concentrate.  You obviously would want to experiment with this.
  John has a good point.  If the subject is interesting to you, you should be able to focus better.
  Things like earphones and music to block out distractions - here again, experiment.
  And, of course, the classic stim meds.

Posted by Sandman2 on Oct 28, 2015 at 5:02am

Hi Ravynn - I think I understand why.  I was told a long time ago that they diagnosed my hypothyroid situation in the “nick of time.” and that my dr. was most curious about how I would do intellectually at school.  They even evaluated my “attention issues” early on at school, but they decided to just keep an eye on it. I ended up being a mostly B-A student, with math being a real trip sometimes. So, I knew I was smart enough. Every now and then, though, some “rock” that hadn’t been turned over yet would trip me up. Internet/ facebook “mini- IQ tests these days are fun.  It kind of feels like a “badge of honor” for anyone finding out their score. (I’ve tested anywhere between 120 and 140.) But recently, I’ve been feeling a bit more whole, and accepting of my wiring, before I received the “actual” name for it, after all these years.. The whole IQ test thing is more a curiosity, now, I have tried those “pretests” on certain society websites just for the whirl and analyze any different answers from mine. because the tests aren’t cheap.  If you still get to a point where you want to give it an “official” try.  do it because you feel up to the challenge. Don’t do it to “prove yourself.”  “In the meantime, take care of yourself and enjoy life.

Posted by Crickette on Oct 20, 2016 at 6:03pm

Hi Ravynn,
I did the national IQ test on TV and came out 130ish.  I am not diagnosed yet with ADHD inattentive type but am pretty sure I have lived with it my whole life.  I got through school and Uni by being intelligent and understanding concepts really well, so I could blitz exams without having to do school work, homework etc.  It frustrates me that I feel that I only get through just enough to survive (not thrive) at work.
The IQ number is irrelevant, you are clearly intelligent. Proving it changes nothing. Focus on doing what you can to improve your focus and your life.
Hope all goes well.

Posted by AMA7 on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:48am

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