Filipinos have ‘below average’ IQ – report

A report revealed that the intelligence quotient (IQ) score of Filipinos is below average.

In the list of nearly 200 countries, the Philippines ranks 111th with an average IQ score of 81.64, based on the World Population Review.


Around 100 is considered an average IQ score.

Asian countries and territories dominate the list, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.

But if you also look at the World Population Review list, only 12 countries have an IQ score over 100.


Because of this, it does not mean that all countries with a score below 100 are not intelligent.

“Whenever we try to measure ‘yong IQ ng isang tao, hindi lang naka-focus sa average kasi mayroon din namang iba-ibang klase, we call it multiple intelligence,” explained clinical psychologist Fab Calipara.

“Ang important ay hindi naman fixed ‘yong IQ ng isang tao. Actually nai-increase pa natin ito depending on stimulations that we do for our brains,” he added.


According to Calipara, there is something called digital dementia, where a person’s intellectual capacity is reduced due to excessive use of gadgets.

It is said that a person’s IQ is also affected by other things, such as genetics and environment.

It is said that the socio-economic status of the person, parents’ education, as well as health and nutrition also affect.

Filipinos have ‘below average’ IQ – report

According to the Department of Health (DOH), they will focus on the health and nutrition of a child even before it is born.

“Nasa womb pa lang, naalagaan na ang mga bata para sa kanilang nutirsyon para sila ay lumaki na mataas ang quotient for intelligence and also healthy,” said DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Some of the practical ways to increase a person’s IQ are reading actual books, exposure to different learning materials, and playing puzzles and games that stimulate the mind, like chess.

The Department of Education has yet to comment on the released average IQ score rankings.

grade 4 students scored lowest among 58 countries who took the international assessment for mathematics and science, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2019 (TIMSS) reported.

Students from the Philippines only got 297 in mathematics and 249 in science, which are “significantly lower” than any other country who participated in the tests.

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