Intelligence Inventory

Here is a useful chck list I have adapted from one I found on the web. This might help you decide where your natural preferences lie - and also suggest some activities you can do to develop them!

Copy and past the list into a word document, then print it out. Tick those statements that apply to you in each intelligence category.

Use these intelligence categories to help you understand the types of intelligence you possess and your strengths and weaknesses. It is not an exhaustive list but it will give you an idea of the intelligence area that rules your preferences. Remember, it is 'normal' to have several intelligence areas and all areas can be developed!

Body/Kinesthetic Intelligence

__I engage in at least one sport or physical activity on a regular basis.

__I find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time.

__I like working with my hands at concrete activities such as sewing, weaving, carving, carpentry, or model building.

__My best ideas often come to me when I'm out for a long walk or a jog, or when I'm engaged in some other kind of physical activity.

__I often like to spend my free time outdoors.

__I frequently use hand gestures or other forms of body language when conversing with someone.

__I need to touch things in order to learn more about them.

__I enjoy daredevil amusement rides or similar thrilling physical experiences.

__I would describe myself as well coordinated.

__I need to practice a new skill rather than simply reading about it or seeing a video that describes it.

__ I get easily bored in lessons that do not get me up and moving around

Interpersonal Intelligence

__I'm the sort of person that people come to for advice and counsel at school or within my circle of friends.

__I prefer group sports like badminton, volleyball, or softball to solo sports such as swimming and jogging.

__When I have a problem, I'm more likely to seek out another person for help than attempt to work it out on my own.

__ I like group discussion/project work in lessons and for homework.

__I have at least three close friends.

__I favour social pastimes such as board or card games over individual recreations such as video games and solitaire.

__I enjoy the challenge of teaching another person, or groups of people, what I know how to do.

__ I like preparing and delivering peer presentations.

__I consider myself a leader (or others have called me that).

__I feel comfortable in the midst of a crowd.

__I like to get involved in social activities connected with my school, church, or community.

__I would rather spend my evenings at a lively party than stay at home alone.

Intra-personal Intelligence

__I regularly spend time alone meditating, reflecting, or thinking about important life questions.

__I have attended counseling sessions or personal growth seminars to learn more about myself.

__ I like to do self-analysis questionnaires.

__I am able to respond to setbacks with resilience.

__I have a special hobby or interest that I keep pretty much to myself.

__I have some important goals for my life that I think about on a regular basis.

__I have a realistic view of my strengths and weaknesses (borne out by feedback from other sources).

__I would prefer to spend a weekend alone or just with close family and friends in a cabin in the woods rather than at a fancy resort with lots of people around.

__I consider myself to be strong willed or independent minded.

__I keep a personal diary or journal to record the events of my inner life.

__I would like to be self-employed when I leave school or start my own business.

__ I like lessons to give you time to reflect on the material before you are asked to discuss it.

__ I prefer to have freedom of expression when doing a homework rather than be directed in exactly how to present my findings.

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

__I can easily compute numbers in my head.

__Maths and/or science are among my favorite subjects in school.

__I enjoy playing games or solving brainteasers that require logical thinking.

__I like to set up little "what if" experiments (i.e. "What if I double the amount of water I give my rosebush each week?")

__My mind searches for patterns, regularities, or logical sequences in things.

__I'm interested in new developments in science.

__I believe that almost everything has a rational explanation.

__I sometimes think in clear abstract, wordless, imageless concepts.

__I like finding logical flaws in thing that people say and do at home and school.

__I feel more comfortable when something has been measured, categorized, analyzed, or quantified in some way.

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

__ have a pleasant singing voice.

__I can tell when a musical note is off-key.

__I frequently listen to music on the radio, cassette tapes or compact discs.

__I play a musical instrument.

__My life would be poorer if there were no music in it.

__I sometimes catch myself walking around with a jingle or other tune running through my mind.

__I can easily keep time to a piece of music with a simple percussion instrument.

__I know the tunes to many different songs or music pieces.

__If I hear a musical selection once or twice, I am usually able to sing it back fairly accurately.

__I often make tapping sounds or sing little melodies while working, studying, or learning something new.

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

__Books are very important to me.

__I can hear words in my head before I read, speak, or write them down.

__I get more out of listening to the radio or a spoken-word cassette than I do from television or films.

__I enjoy word games like Scrabble, Boggle, Anagrams, or Password.

__I enjoy entertaining myself or others with tongue twisters, nonsense rhymes, or puns.

__Other people sometimes have to stop and ask me to explain the meaning of the words I use in my writing and speaking.

__English, social studies, and history are easier for me in school than maths and science.

__When I am in a car I pay more attention to the words written on signs than to the scenery.

__My conversation includes frequent references to things that I've read or heard.

__I've written something recently that I was particularly proud of or that earned me recognition from others.

Visual/Spatial Intelligence

__I often see clear visual images when I close my eyes.

__I'm sensitive to colour.

__I frequently use a camera or camcorder to record what I see around me.

__I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, mazes, and other visual puzzles.

_I have vivid dreams at night.

__I can generally find my way around unfamiliar territory.

__I like to draw or doodle.

__Geometry is easier for me than algebra.

__I can comfortably imagine how something might appear if it were looked down upon from directly above in a bird's-eye view.

__I prefer looking at reading material that is heavily illustrated.