Candidates for membership in Mensa must achieve a score at or above the 98th percentile on a standard test of intelligence.

While the term "IQ score" is a convenient, easily understood reference, the "IQ Score" varies from test to test. In other words, there is no specific IQ cutoff.

And there is no single required test. Mensa accepts properly documented scores from over 200 different tests, many of which are given by public schools, colleges, or the military.

Can I qualify with a test I have already taken?

In many cases you can. Mensa calls that "prior evidence", and some of the over 200 accepted tests are listed at Qualifying Tests and Scores on the American Mensa website. If your test is listed, you should find the qulifying score listed with it. A score on a properly standardized test that is not listed can still be evaluated.

Still on the American Mensa website, FAQs about Qualifying Scores gives more general information. They suggest where you may be able to get the scores from a test you took several years ago, explain why some tests are no longer accepted, and discuss the required procedure.

Note: All prior evidence submitted to Mensa will be appraised individually and Mensa reserves the right to make the final determination about the acceptability of any test. The current fee for prior evidence evaluation is $60.

The test I took isn't listed. Now what?

Even if it's not listed, you can email the contacts on the pages above to ask if it can be evaluated. If they say no, you will need to arrange to take a different test - but you still have options.

Are you testing for something else in the near future? It doesn't have to be a test you took years ago, the one you are taking next week for college admission may be acceptable.

Most local groups, including Charlotte/Blue Ridge Mensa, have volunteers trained to administer admission tests. (For legal reasons we cannot give these tests for any reason other than determining Mensa eligibility.) Plan for about two hours, and bring photo ID. The current testing fee is $60. If you are in the Charlotte/Blue Ridge area (your zip code starts with 280, 281, 282, 286 or 297, plus 27013, 27020, and 27054), you can sign up on our local Test Registration page.

If you travel a lot, you may want to take the test through another local group. Visit the national Testing Calendar to see if there is one that will be more convenient.

What if I'm under 18 years of age?

Prior evidence can be accepted at any age, but if you are at least 14 you can take the Mensa Admission Test with a trained local Proctor. In this case we need the signature of a parent or guardian that you have permission to take the test. We still need positive ID, but you can bring a photo ID from school or a copy of your birth certificate.

If you are UNDER 14, you need to use prior evidence. Please investigate the tests listed at Qualifying Tests and Scores on the American Mensa website. You may find one you have already taken at school. If not, many tests given by private psychiatrists can be accepted. While we are sorry for the inconvenience, local volunteer proctors are not trained to administer a test that would be valid for you.