We were raised to believe that our IQ, or Intelligence Quotient, determined how successful and well-adjusted we will become as adults. We were often given IQ tests in school, and our results were compared to that of our peers in order to illustrate how smart we are compared to the average. But as we learned more about another kind of intelligence, the Emotional Quotient or EQ, we realized that there is an equally--if not more--important factor in achieving one’s dreams.

Just how much do we know about the difference between IQ and EQ? Here, we challenge our knowledge on the distinction between the two in hopes of shedding light on how each one plays an important role in the holistic development of our children. Through this quiz, we may also find some insight on how we can help improve these areas of intelligence for our kids, as they navigate and adapt to our ever-changing world.   

Which description best defines the meaning of EQ or Emotional Quotient?

  1. A figure or score obtained from a standardized test that is a supposed measure of one’s reasoning ability. It covers one’s logical reasoning, word comprehension and math skills.
  2. The ability, capacity, skill or self-perceived ability to identify, assess and manage the emotions of one’s self, of others and of groups.
  3. An ability to find solutions to challenges and adversities, and hold themselves accountable for dealing with various situations.
  4. None of the above.

Which among the following statements can best describe the difference between IQ and EQ?

  1. A person with a high EQ has the ability to identify, evaluate control and express their own emotions, as well as read other’s. On the other hand, a person with a high IQ can learn, understand and apply knowledge, as well as have logical reasoning and abstract thinking.
  2. One’s IQ determines a person’s capacity and likelihood for success, while EQ involves their likelihood to create and maintain a good reputation in life.
  3. The IQ is measured through one’s interest in academic pursuits and is an indicator of one’s leanings towards the maths and sciences. EQ, on the other hand, is measured through one’s interest in social pursuits, and is a good indicator of their social standing.
  4. None of the above.

What are the earliest indicators of combined IQ and EQin our kids?

  1. High IQ test scores. The higher they rank in school tests, the higher chances of them succeeding in life.
  2. Their ability to make friends and sustain relationships. The more friends they have, the more chances they have to achieve more in life.
  3. Their ability to perform well in class, develop hobbies, work in groups, meet new people, and behave in social situations.
  4. None of the above.

When our kids react adversely to negative situations such as getting a low score on a school test, how can we help them?

  1. Tell them to study harder. Nothing ensures a positive result in a test than pushing themselves.
  2. Tell them that their school made a mistake. Have them believe that they did their best, and therefore it’s not their fault.
  3. Ignore them. The best way to teach them a lesson is by letting them go through it on their own.
  4. Help them identify their emotions. Have them recognize how they feel, and encourage them to express it the best way they can.

How can you best help ensure your child’s holistic development and equip them in achieving their dreams?

  1. By developing their IQ by dedicating enough time to academic studies and honing their reasoning skills.
  2. By developing their EQ through practices of empathy and setting the right examples.
  3. By developing and setting aside time to hone both their IQ and EQ, creating an environment conducive to these, as well as providing the right nutrition for their needs.
  4. None of the above.

Answers: B, A, C, D, C

The test illustrates the importance of both IQ and EQ in the holistic development of children. Nurturing both, therefore, increases their chances of success as both play different but equally important roles in understanding the world. Being able to nurture these at an early age can prove beneficial in a lot of ways, as it shows that it takes both mind and heart to achieve the biggest of dreams and create a better world.

Watch our video in the link below and be inspired to start creating a better world for our kids.