You can join Mensa in two different ways: by submitting your scores from an accepted IQ test, or by taking the Mensa Admission Test. 

If you wish to submit scores from a test you already took, review the tests and scores we accept here, and follow the submission guidelines on the website. If you would prefer to schedule a private test at a local testing center visit the private tesing page of American Mensa.

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Taking the Mensa Admission Test

We offer two different options to take the Mensa Admission Test: Test sessions proctored by Local Group volunteers and private test sessions administered at more than 400 approved testing facilities nationwide. Please note, you can only take the test once, and both options below provide the same test. You can choose either option.

Go here to search for local group testing, or private testing options. 

If you find a local group test, we strongly encourage you to reserve a seat for a test. To confirm a seat and ensure that there is a test for you, email the Testing Coordinator with your name and the date and location of the test you’d like to take. If you choose to show up without a reservation, you might be able to take the test — at the sole discretion of the proctor, if there is room and test material. Please pre-purchase a testing voucher here

If you are under 18, one of your parents must sign a permission slip provided by the Testing Coordinator, so be sure to contact the Testing Coordinator in advance to make arrangements. Or, an even better option would be to bring a parent with you to the testing session. We can not test anyone under 14 years of age.

Note:  Should you become ill at the last minute, do not come; you want to be at your best. However, be sure to notify the Testing Coordinator to remain on the mailing list.

What to bring to the test

We try to have the room open 15 or 20 minutes ahead of time.

Bring the following to the test:

  • A photo ID.
  • A couple of number 2 pencils.
  • A check (made out to American Mensa), or credit card. Mensa accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
  • Printed Voucher if you received a promotional code from a Mensa member.
  • A permission slip signed by a parent if you are under 18, or bring your parent along!
  • Beverages are welcome in a quiet, lidded container.

Good luck on the test!