The Mensa Test

What is Mensa? Mensa International is the world’s oldest nonprofit society for people of high intelligence. The umbrella group Mensa International is composed of numerous smaller Mensa chapters, each representing a single nation. Founded by Dr. Lancelot Ware and Roland Berrill in 1946, the organization is non-political and does not discriminate against candidates for membership on the basis of age, race, religion, or any other factor apart from the intelligence qualification.

The three purposes of Mensa, according to the organization’s constitution, are:

1. To foster human intelligence
2. To encourage research into human intelligence
3. To provide an intellectually stimulating social environment for its members

What IQ Do You Need to Be in Mensa?

To be qualified for membership in Mensa International, you have to score in the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized and monitored intelligence test, such as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales test or the Cattell Culture Fair III. The lowest qualifying score allowed on the Stanford-Binet is 132, while the lowest qualifying score on the Cattell is 148.

American Mensa has its own qualification exam that doesn’t give a score equivalent to the scores used by the other Mensa chapters. Every qualifying intelligence test for Mensa must be taken in person; there are no online tests that the organization accepts.

What Are the Different Ways One Can Be Admitted to Mensa?

To be admitted to Mensa, one must submit an intelligence test score. This can be done either by taking the Mensa exam or by submitting an exam score on another test that meets the organization’s guidelines.

To obtain an exam score, one can begin by contacting the organization that administered the test. In the case of tests administered at school, one should contact the school and request a certified copy of the exam results. Mensa will accept a certified copy of a school exam as long as it includes the individual’s full name, birth date, and a clearly-defined IQ score or percentile.

In the case of a test administered by a psychiatrist or a psychologist, the test results submitted to Mensa should include a letter bearing the tester’s professional letterhead.

What Does the Name Mensa Mean?

“Mensa” is the Latin word for “table.” It was chosen as the organization’s name to highlight the group’s “roundtable” nature as a discussion group where all the members could treat one another as equals and expect to have their voices heard equally. A table is used as part of the organization’s logo.

Where Can I Take a Mensa Test?

To find out where to take the Mensa exam, contact the nearest Mensa chapter. Some national chapters allow for a pre-test that can be taken at home; contact the nearest national chapter for more details. If you live in a country that doesn’t have a national Mensa organization, you can contact Mensa International directly.

Follow this link to find your local Mensa chapter in the United States:

What Is the Format of the Mensa Test?

The Mensa exam is taken in person and proctored by a volunteer. It consists of two subtests that test deductive reasoning and logic. The test takes two hours to complete and involves two sections that have to do with deductive reasoning and logic. In order to qualify to join Mensa, you have to score in the 98th percentile on either of the two tests.

The first test administered is the Wonderlic Test and it consists of 50 questions that have to be answered in 12 minutes. The second test is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale which consists of 125 questions that all span across 7 different sections that have to do with focus, memory, logic, deductive reasoning and more.

In the U.S., prospective members must be at least 14 years old in order to take the American Mensa exam. However, those 14 and under are still welcome to submit the results of other qualifying exams to Mensa. The American Mensa exam can only be taken once unless the individual submits evidence of mitigating circumstances.

What Is the Mensa Workout?

The Mensa Workout is an online practice test. Results of the Mensa Workout can’t be used to qualify for membership in Mensa, but many people who intend to apply for Mensa take it either to practice for the Mensa exam or for the personal challenge.

Practicing for the MENSA IQ Test

Sites like this one provide questions that mirror the first portion of the Mensa test, the Wonderlic test. Our 50 question cognitive ability test provides a similar experience and similar types of questions to that portion of the test.

Practice tests are also given to those that request them through Mensa. These can be taken at home to see where you place and know what to expect on the actual test. Their practice tests consist of 60 questions that have to be answered in 40 minutes.

Additional practice tests can also be found on the internet to help build memory, cognitive and problem-solving skills needed for the IQ tests.

For further information regarding MENSA and the tests required, visit