Power Test Of Originality - Statistical Report

© 2005, 2010 Paul Cooijmans


I have decided to stop this test as I think it is not very valuable, and also time-consuming to score.

What struck me when scoring it was how very greatly people overestimated their originality; some could not believe I had scored the test honestly when they saw their score was lower than 100. There are actually people who answer "rhombicuboctahedron" when a figure is asked for, and think they're the only one to say that... Well, not quite. Two others thought the same.

Scores on Power Test Of Originality

Contents type: Personality test other than for mental ability.   Period: 2005

22 *
31 *
65 *
78 **
82 *
90 **
91 *
92 *
95 *
97 ***
98 ***
99 ****
100 *****

Scores by females

n = 2

82 *
100 *

Correlation of Power Test Of Originality with other tests by Paul Cooijmans

Test n r
The LAW - Letters And Words21.00
Qoymans Multiple-Choice #221.00
Analogies #121.00
Genius Association Test50.91
Qoymans Multiple-Choice #4110.69
Verbal section of Test For Genius - Revision 200450.68
Analogies of Long Test For Genius60.43
Lieshout International Mesospheric Intelligence Test30.42
Test For Genius - Revision 200450.37
KIT Intelligence Test - first attempts40.23
Spatial section of Test For Genius - Revision 200450.17
Association subtest of Long Test For Genius80.06
Qoymans Multiple-Choice #390.01
Intelligence Quantifier by assessment11-0.05
Cooijmans Intelligence Test - Form 14-0.06
Long Test For Genius4-0.11
The Test To End All Tests4-0.24
Space, Time, and Hyperspace9-0.63
The Final Test5-0.80
Qoymans Multiple-Choice #52-1.00
Reason - Revision 20082-1.00
Reason Behind Multiple-Choice - Revision 20082-1.00
Qoymans Automatic Test #22-1.00
Cooijmans Intelligence Test - Form 22-1.00
Reason Behind Multiple-Choice2-1.00

Weighted average of correlations: 0.037

Conservatively estimated minimum g loading: 0.19

Ranking in above table is based on the unrounded correlations. All available data is present in this table, no tests are left out except for those with less than 2 score pairs. All known pairs are used to obtain the true, honest statistics; correlations have not been artificially inflated by leaving out ceiling scores, outliers or other anomalies.

Correlation of Power Test Of Originality with tests by others

Test n r
Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices (raw)21.00
Epiq Tests21.00
Titan Test21.00
International High IQ Society Miscellaneous tests30.84
Sigma Test40.54
American College Testing program3-0.16
Nonverbal Cognitive Performance Examination7-0.24
Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices (I.Q.)4-0.77
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales3-0.92
Mysterium Entrance Exam2-1.00
Unknown tests2-1.00

Weighted average of correlations: -0.039

Ranking in above table is based on the unrounded correlations. All available data is present in this table, no tests are left out except for those with less than 2 score pairs. All known pairs are used to obtain the true, honest statistics; correlations have not been artificially inflated by leaving out ceiling scores, outliers or other anomalies.

Please be aware that correlations with these external tests are in most cases affected (depressed, typically) by one or more of the following: 1) Little overlap with the object test because of the much lower ceilings and inherent ceiling effects of the tests used in regular psychology; 2) Candidates reporting scores selectively, for instance only the higher ones while withholding lower ones; 3) Candidates reporting, or having been reported by psychometricians, incorrect scores.

Estimated loadings of Power Test Of Originality on particular item types

These are estimated g factor loadings, but against homogeneous tests containing only particular item types, as opposed to non-compound heterogeneous tests.

Typeg loading

There is no overlap between the categories in this table as a result of leaving out compound tests.

Balanced g loading = -0.24

National medians for Power Test Of Originality

Country n Median score

For reasons of privacy, only countries with 2 or more candidates are included in this table. Ranking is based on the medians, and then alphabetic.

Correlation of Power Test Of Originality with personal details

Personalia n r
P.S.I.A. Rare140.54
P.S.I.A. Aspergoid140.37
P.S.I.A. Extreme140.35
P.S.I.A. Rational140.23
P.S.I.A. Introverted140.21
P.S.I.A. True140.20
P.S.I.A. Antisocial140.17
P.S.I.A. Cold140.15
Father's educational level190.11
P.S.I.A. Just140.07
P.S.I.A. Ethics factor200.06
P.S.I.A. Deviance factor200.02
Disorders (own)220.02
P.S.I.A. Neurotic140.01
Observed behaviour11-0.03
Year of birth26-0.09
P.S.I.A. Cruel14-0.11
P.S.I.A. Orderly14-0.17
Educational level20-0.23
Mother's educational level19-0.28
Disorders (parents and siblings)20-0.31
P.S.I.A. System factor11-0.32
Observed associative horizon4-0.44
Gifted Adult's Inventory of Aspergerisms10-0.47

Correlation with national I.Q.s of Power Test Of Originality

Correlation of this test with national average I.Q.s published by Lynn and Vanhanen:

Estimated g factor loadings Upward and Downward of specific scores

In parentheses the number of score pairs on which that estimated g factor loading is based. The Upward and Downward values are calculated including the pertinent score itself. It is normal that g factor loadings go down when the range is restricted like this, but careful study of the Upward and Downward columns may reveal possible scores below or above which the test loses validity altogether.

ScoreUpward (n)Downward (n)
200.19 (128)NaN (0)
700.28 (119)NaN (0)
900.53 (107)-0.57 (10)
95-0.41 (75)-0.42 (40)
96-0.34 (73)-0.42 (40)
97-0.34 (73)-0.14 (60)
980.40 (48)0.21 (74)
990.77 (26)-0.16 (101)
100NaN (0)0.19 (128)

Overall test quality

For information, the test is reproduced below:

Power Test Of Originality

© Paul Cooijmans 2003

Note: This test is not scored anymore. Do not send answers.


This test requires you to be original; that is, to give responses that have not been given before. You start out with 100 points; if all your responses are unique, you keep the 100 points. For each response that has been given once before, you lose one point. For each that has been given twice before, you lose two points, and so on. The initial scores will be based on the submissions to the Test For ESP to date (about 125).

Originality is relevant with respect to creativity and genius, in the sense that originality combined with intelligence may result in those. Originality is also related to having a wide associative horizon, which in turn is thought to be a result of a high level of the personality trait "psychoticism", so named by H. Eysenck.

This test does not give an IQ. You will receive a raw score and a standard score.

  1. Name three numbers. Give them in numerical order, lowest first.
  2. Name three historic persons. Give them in alphabetical order.
  3. Name three English words (alphabetical order).
  4. Name three geometric figures (alphabetical order).
  5. Name three objects (things). Alphabetical order.
  6. Name three organisms (alphabetical order).
  7. Name three alternative uses of a candle (be brief).
  8. Complete this sentence with three words: "Pete went to the supermarket to buy ..., ..., and ....". Give the words in alphabetical order.
  9. Name three English words you can personally associate with the word "rain" (alphabetical order).

Answer "top 5"

Numerical answers


Historic persons


Words, objects, organisms (combined)


Geometric figures


Candle uses

1dildo use4
2sculpting wax statues3
5.5dough/pizza roller2
5.5killing instrument (if stuck in eye or something)2
5.5paperweight (large candle)2
5.5priming skis2
5.5throw at crows to frighten from garden, scarecrow2
5.5wax seal for an envelope2