The mutualism model of intelligence1, suggests that different cognitive abilities and competencies interact with each other in order to facilitate reasoning and in cognitive development across the life span2.
Research supports the notion that individuals with higher scores in vocabulary tend to show greater gains in matrix reasoning and vice versa3, which means that a good vocabulary can be a good indicator and precursor of other domains of cognition, namely memory and reasoning speed4.
This Vocabulary Test with Synonyms contains a total of 10 questions. Each question can contain between 2 and 5 synonyms. You must select all the words that can have the same meaning as the given word.
Example: For the word SHORT, you should select as synonyms the words “Brief” (A short / brief meeting) and “Insufficient” (short / insufficient supply).
This test is designed as an entertaining and educational tool. The results do not constitute a psychological or psychiatric evaluation of any kind and may not offer an accurate portrait of the mental fitness of the test taker. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the results and these should not be used as an indicator of the capacities of the individual for a specific purpose.
Responses may be recorded and used for research purposes or to be otherwise distributed. All responses are recorded anonymously.
1 Van Der Maas, H. L. J., Dolan, C. V., Grasman, R. P. P. P., Wicherts, J. M., Huizenga, H. M., Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2006). A dynamical model of general intelligence: The positive manifold of intelligence by mutualism. Psychological Review, 113, 842–861. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.113.4.842
2 Kievit, R., Hofman, A. & Nation, K. (2019). Mutualistic Coupling Between Vocabulary and Reasoning in Young Children: A Replication and Extension of the Study by Kievit et al. (2017). Psychological Science 30(8) 1245–1252.
3 Kievit, R. A., Lindenberger, U., Goodyer, I. M., Jones, P. B., Fonagy, P., Bullmore, E. T., . . . Dolan, R. J. (2017). Mutualistic coupling between vocabulary and reasoning supports cognitive development during late adolescence and early adulthood. Psychological Science, 28, 1419–1431.
4 McArdle, J. J., Hamagami, F., Meredith, W., Bradway, K. P. (2000). Modeling the dynamic hypotheses of Gf–Gc theory using longitudinal life-span data. Learning and Individual Differences, 12, 53–79. doi:10.1016/S1041-6080(00)00036-4
Evaluates inductive reasoning and verbal skills. You will be given short texts that you will have to read and interpret to then demonstrate that you understand the information conveyed.
Evaluates problem-solving and verbal skills. Test-takers will face a problem (random sets of letters) and will have to solve it by detecting which sets can be reordered to create English words.