4 friends, A, B, C, and D, meet up after taking a test. Reading their results, they exclaimed,

A says, "Hah! I'm ranked 32!"

B says, "I'm ranked 63, better than you, A!"

C says, "I ranked 12, I'm the best!"

D says, "Actually, I'm the best, I scored 142."

What are A, B, C and D?


They all took the same test, and the way they represent how they did verbally actually matters.

Hint 2:

Only D's train of thought is absolutely "correct". Nobody is being deliberately untruthful or deceitful here.

Hint 3:

D is the only person who interpreted the test score correctly. Think about what kind of test they took!

Note: I'm specifically looking for an answer in the format of:

A is a(n) ______, B is a(n)_____ .....

  • $\begingroup$ Might be kind of troll, but A is a friend, B is a friend, C is a friend, and D is a friend. $\endgroup$
    – CyanogenCX
    Feb 19, 2015 at 0:49
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    $\begingroup$ Does D scoring 142 mean a rank of 142, or was that the actual score in the test? $\endgroup$
    – ladyofcats
    Feb 19, 2015 at 2:25
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    $\begingroup$ Is "I'm ranked" the same as "I scored" and "I ranked"? $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:50
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    $\begingroup$ Literal answer: A is ranked $32!$, which is extremely high. B is ranked $63$, and is better than A. C is ranked $12$. D scored 142 marks, which happens to grant him a better rank ($1$-$11$) than C. Just kidding! Please clarify your question. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2015 at 10:03
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    $\begingroup$ Why does this continue to get downvoted? $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Feb 19, 2015 at 15:54

1 Answer 1


A shot in the dark:

A is an imbecile, B is a moron, C is an idiot and D is a superior.


According to the Levine and Marks 1928 IQ classification the only IQ classification that differs such low scores.


A, B and C are impaired, and D is a genius according to newer classifications.

  • $\begingroup$ Thumbs up :) Very good shot there. $\endgroup$
    – Aify
    Feb 19, 2015 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ @Aify Man, this is so sad :( Great question nonetheless. $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Feb 19, 2015 at 21:16
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    $\begingroup$ FWIW, a person with an IQ of 12 would probably not be able to communicate like that. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2015 at 21:19
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    $\begingroup$ Hearing those words like that, "A is an imbecile, B is a moron, C is an idiot" feels like you're just insulting them for being wrong about the order. :( $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Apr 8, 2015 at 19:05
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    $\begingroup$ Well "historical classifications" of anything always sound kind of insulting. $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:34

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