How to Join Mensa

How to Join

Qualifications for Membership

The only qualification for Mensa membership is a score in the top 2% of the general population on a supervised standardized intelligence test. That score can come from prior evidence -- a test accepted by American Mensa or from the Mensa Admission Tests.

I. Prior Evidence

Applicants can give evidence of a score in the top 2% of the general population on a supervised standardized intelligence test.

All prior evidence will be appraised individually and Mensa reserves the right to make the final determination as to the acceptability of the test. The onetime processing fee is $30 (U.S.)

All prior evidence submitted must be original documentation or a notarized copy of the original.

Evidence in a school transcript must be a school document with a school seal. An armed forces record must be a notarized copy.

Tests given by an institution/agency/clinic/private psychologist must include the full name of the test, the score and the percentile rank. This documentation must be on the institution/agency/clinic/private psychologist letterhead and signed by the psychologist responsible for the testing, along with the license/certification number of the psychologist, issued by the state in which the psychologist practices.

Mensa accepts scores from approximately 200 tests. See below for a list of qualifying scores for some tests.

American Mensa does not accept unsupervised testing as proof of eligibility, specifically unsupervised testing administered electronically or via Internet-based tests.

II. Mensa Admission Tests

Applicants can take the Mensa Admission Tests, which are supervised by a certified Mensa proctor. Our local proctor is . Contact Roy for an appointment to take a proctored test. An applicant who scores at or above the 98th percentile on one of these tests qualifies for membership. The test fee is $30 (U.S.). The tests are not valid for people under the age of 14 who can qualify through prior evidence. Mensa does offer a battery of culture-fair, non-language tests.

Applicants can take a pretest in the privacy of their home. If they receive a high score, they will be encouraged to take the admission tests. The pretest fee is $18 (U.S.).

III. Mensa Dues

Current dues for American Mensa are $49 (U.S.) a year. Life, multi-year, and family plans are available. Please visit American Mensa's site for more information.


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    payments must be drawn in U.S. funds. Please allow 2-4 weeks for 
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    1229 Corporate Drive West
    Arlington, TX 76006-6103
    Phone:(817) 607-0060
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Test Scores Accepted by American Mensa

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Acceptable Test Scores

Or see the National Site for an online application