The following puzzles were created by Robert Lato to measure IQ in range between 160 and 190.

Whats the solution to them?

You are supposed to draw in the dented boxes what the missing figure is for each of the five puzzles, the small symbols in top left are just the numbering of the test.

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    $\begingroup$ Extremely hard or extremely subjective? Where did you take these? How is it possible to have IQ test without answer options? $\endgroup$
    – klm123
    Jul 18, 2014 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ This is multiple unrelated questions... shouldn't that be closed? $\endgroup$
    – kaine
    Jul 18, 2014 at 20:14
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    $\begingroup$ Extremely hard, they are not subjective at all once you see the clarity of the intended solution. $\endgroup$
    – guru
    Jul 20, 2014 at 14:07
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    $\begingroup$ @guru klm means iq tests almost always are multiple choice as they are difficult to objectively score. He, therefore, has reasonable doubts concerning your stated source. I don't really care about where you got it as long as it is an interesting and rational puzzle. This would likely be a good question for you to answer yourself as I've never seen puzzles like that and don't think there is a solution that is not subjective/arbitrary. I would be curious to see the "clarity" of the intended result. $\endgroup$
    – kaine
    Jul 20, 2014 at 22:06
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    $\begingroup$ @guru I like the edit and the admission that you are not restricting information to us. Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – kaine
    Jul 21, 2014 at 15:23

2 Answers 2


There are no solutions. This test is extremely subjective. For each question, there are no enough information to solve them. See question 1: It is absolutely impossible to discover an objective rule between two very different shapes. You need at least 3.

I don't trust this pseudo-test. The fact that is is numbered in a weird and useless way shows that I can't take it seriously.

Or maybe I don't understand it because my IQ is too low.


The third one seems to be rule based but can be interpreted in two ways:

  • The square binding prevents movement from the inner four tiles.
  • The long line needs an arrow binding or it rotates.

Seeing as the first compares best to the fourth picture the most obvious choice would be the first one. Which makes me think it would be:

possible solution


The shape can be displayed in a 4x4 grid in all examples. Seeing the size of the possible solution makes me believe the solution will be a 4x4 grid.

The squares in picture one are in the inner 2x2 block and move away from the center in the next images. In the third picture it would be very likely for these squares to have the position (-1,-1)(5,5). Because of this it would be logical for this to happen in the solution as the fourth picture takes the same position.

The outside half squares follow the rule; if you are not in the inner 2x2 grid then invert your position. If you are inside the 2x2 grid then hold your position for a single turn.

The last rule is that of the rotation through lack of squares in the field. When there are no squares in the field the grid rotates (either left or right) by 90 degrees and squares are created at (2,2)(3,3).

So for the actual solution the half squares would be inverted and moved to the inner 2x2 grid. The squares move to the outside and the center lines retain there position because of the presence of squares.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you explain in more details how you have got the picture? $\endgroup$
    – klm123
    Jul 27, 2014 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ @klm123 I added a small clarification, the square binding refers to the presence of squares in the 4x4 grid. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2014 at 16:02

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