MENSA admission testing
The Mensa Admission Tests are composed of two tests featuring questions involving logic and deductive reasoning. If you score at or above the 98th percentile on either of the two tests, you’ll qualify and be invited to join Mensa. For brainy persons for whom English is a second language, or for highly intelligent dyslexic persons, we also occasionally offer the Culture Fair (non-language) tests which feature questions involving visual logic and deductive reasoning; these are not as dependent on English reading skills as the regular admissions tests. However, any applicants may choose to take the Culture Fair tests, whether or not they have special needs.
It is important to note that our tests are given for the purpose of admission into Mensa and not to provide an IQ score. A qualifying score indicates that you’ve tested at, or better than, 98 percent of the general population. American Mensa will release membership qualification only. No further information on test scores will be released.
We offer test sessions at various times and places. The tests are administered locally, and then sent in to the Mensa national office for scoring. Results are usually sent out within 2–3 weeks. It is also possible to qualify for Mensa membership using previously taken test scores. For more information about this method of qualifying through the use of prior evidence, please visit the American Mensa website. To register for testing updates, visit the Find a local testing contact page.
Anyone seeking admission to Mensa is invited to attend, so bring a friend, or bring the family. Seating is limited, and will be granted first to those with reservations, based on the order in which people sign up, and then to walk-ins, in the order in which they arrive.
If you decide to take our admissions test, please bring: A valid photo ID giving
proof of age and the $40 payment (plus any coupons or vouchers you intend to use). We accept cash, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover or checks made payable to American Mensa, Ltd. You can also pre-purchase a testing session online as well.
You must be a US resident and at least 14 years old to take the test. If you are under 18, a parent should accompany you to the test site to fill out the required parental consent form. Everything else, pencils, scrap paper, test booklets, and answer sheets, will be provided for you there. We also recommend getting a good night’s sleep and a pleasant meal before arriving at the test site.