How to What Iq Do You Need to Be in Mensa

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If you want to prove your smarts and connect with other intelligent people, joining Mensa could be a great choice for you. Since you need to take an intelligence test to become a member, you’re probably wondering how well you need to do. While you can get into Mensa by doing well on an IQ test, there are a lot of other ways you can qualify too. We’ll answer all your questions about which tests you can take and how well you need to do so you know if you’re eligible!


Question 1 Question 1 of 8:What is the IQ cutoff for Mensa?

It depends on which IQ test you take, but it’s around 130–150. Mensa memberships aren’t directly based on your IQ, but you can still use an approved IQ test to join. If you took the Stanford Binet 5 or the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment, an IQ of 130 is enough to get in. For the Stanford Binet or California Test of Mental Maturity, you’ll need at least IQ 132. For the Cattell IQ test, you need a minimum IQ score of 148.

  • Tests measure IQ differently, so scoring 132 on one test may be the same as scoring 148 on another.

Question 2 Question 2 of 8:What tests qualify for Mensa?

Mensa administers their own in-person admission test. You can sign up for a test directly through Mensa as long as you take it at one of their test centers. Search on the Mensa site for local branches in your area so you can find testing sessions happening soon. You can choose to either wait for a group testing day or schedule a private test session.

  • You cannot qualify for Mensa using an online test you’ve done at home.

You can instead submit a past IQ test or approved cognitive ability test. The Mensa site lists all of the approved tests and scores that you may have already taken. If you want to submit outside tests, mail an original or notarized copy of your scores to the Mensa Admissions office in your area and pay the $40 USD fee. They’ll look over your scores and send you an acceptance letter if you qualify. Some common tests and qualifying scores are:

  • Cognitive Abilities Test: composite score of 132
  • Differential Ability Scales: GCA 132
  • Otis-Gamma Test: IQ 131
  • LSAT: 95 percentile ranking
  • Henmon-Nelson: 132
  • You cannot use composite ACT or SAT scores if you took them after 1989 and 1994 respectively.

Question 3 Question 3 of 8:Is the Mensa IQ test free?

No, the Mensa test costs $30–99 USD. If you’re okay taking the Mensa test in the same room as a group of other people, then you can sign up for the cheaper session. If you’d prefer to take your test in a private room with the administrator, then it costs $99 USD.

Question 4 Question 4 of 8:What does a Mensa test look like?

Mensa tests are confidential, but practice tests ask logic questions. Mensa doesn’t post or publish copies of their test questions, so they’re different with each exam. However, practice tests and quizzes on the Mensa site ask multiple questions about logically choosing the next shape in a pattern.

  • You can play the Mensa IQ Challenge quiz game to get an idea of questions that might appear on the admission test.

A culture fair test asks about how shapes relate to one another. The culture fair test is a nonverbal option, and it tests if you can determine relationships between different figures and shapes. While this test is usually used for people who aren’t fluent in English, you can request this option instead of the standard test as well.

  • You can only get a culture fair test if you do group testing.

Question 5 Question 5 of 8:Is the Mensa test hard?

Yes, you need to do the same or better than 98% of people. The tests usually start with some easier questions, but they get more difficult as you complete more questions. The test takes around 1–2 hours to finish completely. In order to get into Mensa, you need to answer enough questions correctly to score in the top 2% of the general population.

You can buy a practice test to get an idea of your final score. Even though it won’t qualify you for a membership, you can get an accurate estimation of how you’ll do on the real test with a practice exam. The practice test lasts about 30 minutes and you’ll instantly see your score as soon as you finish it.

  • The practice test costs around $10 USD and you can find it here:

Question 6 Question 6 of 8:How many times can you take the Mensa test?

You can take each Mensa test once. Once you take the standard Mensa admissions test, you cannot take it again. You can still ask for a culture fair test if you didn’t pass the initial test, but you only get one shot at that one as well.

  • You can still get into Mensa if you submit an approved outside test score.

Question 7 Question 7 of 8:How do you get into Mensa?

Submit your test scores and wait for your acceptance letter. If you take the Mensa admission test, your scores will automatically get submitted. If you’re using outside test scores, then mail in an official copy of your scores to your local Mensa office. You’ll usually hear back within 1 month and receive an acceptance letter with instructions on how to complete your membership online.

Question 8 Question 8 of 8:What does it cost to join Mensa?

Mensa memberships cost $79 USD a year. You have to pay dues to Mensa every year if you want to stay a member. When you’re first accepted, you’ll make your first payment with a credit card as soon as you complete signing up. You may pay a cheaper prorated fee if you joined in the middle of the year, but you’ll pay the full dues the following year.

  • You can buy a multi-year membership if you don’t want to pay annually.
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