The USA might have the most Nobel Prize winners and Germany may be able to claim Einstein as theirs, but how do average people perform when it comes to their numerical, verbal and logical cognitive abilities on a global scale?
With data from thousands of psychometric tests, we explored the geographical trends in countries across three core competencies.
Which is the smartest country in the world overall?
According to our psychometric test scores, Poland ranks number 1 overall (84%), followed closely by Belgium (83%) and Hong Kong (77%), across numerical, verbal and logical reasoning.
Most countries measured somewhere between 60–77%.
|3||Hong Kong SAR||83||66||82||77|
|11||United Arab Emirates||76||51||69||65|
Which is the smartest country in the world in numerical reasoning?
Belgium has the smartest numerical thinkers (91%), closely followed by Canada (86%) and Poland (85%).
Which is the smartest country in the world in logical thinking?
Poland has the most logical thinkers in the world (92%), closely followed by Hong Kong (82%), Belgium (81%) and Singapore (81%). Most countries averaged a respectable 54–74% in logical reasoning.
Which is the smartest country in the world in verbal reasoning?
Belgium (77)% is the smartest country in verbal reasoning, followed by Poland (74%). Most countries scored an average score of between 51–61%.
Why are global cognitive skills important?
Strong cognitive skills ranked by country demonstrate trends to solve problems, remember tasks or make tricky decisions. Cognitive skills like thinking, reading, learning, retaining information, and listening are a very important part of the brain’s ability to process and think with reasoning.
High scores across all three cognitive skills (numerical, verbal and logical reasoning) is an indication of intelligence and strong intellect.
Numerical reasoning provides insight into the population’s ability to analyze and interpret mathematical problems in the form of data, graphs or tables. Most numerical reasoning tests are timed, so it also is a demonstration of how well people cope under pressure when solving these types of challenges.
Logical reasoning is important because it measures a population’s general intelligence. The test usually involves answering questions about different patterns and sequences; you must determine the next pattern in the sequence under timed conditions.
Verbal reasoning is an important global skill because it measures a population’s abilities like perception, vocabulary, understanding complicated questions, empathy and reasoning. This type of test will be multiple-choice, where you must read a passage of text and determine whether something stated is factual, inferred or not true at all.