Admission to Mensa



The Mensa Admissions Test is the most accessible of qualifying IQ tests. Anyone at least 14 years old may take the entrance test, which can also be administered by a psychologist and a participating school.

Planning to sit the Admissions Tests

The tests are held at various times throughout the year, and involve a fee of $40. Testing takes up to two hours to complete and includes two separate tests. The first is the Mensa Wonderlic, a 12-minute test that contains fifty questions. The second is the Mensa Admission Test, which has seven different sections and 120 questions.

Answering Questions

The majority of the questions on the test have multiple choice answers. As it is a personal assessment, guessing will not give you an accurate representation of your ability.

Types of Questions

The questions you will face examine your distance and relational abilities and of course your cognitive aptitude. Most of the distance problems are measured in meters, so if you plan on figuring out the right answer, you need to know your metric systems. Some sample questions:

  • Two men leave their house from the same point. One man walks in one direction for three meters, and the other man walks the opposite way, turning after five meters and then turning again. What is the distance between the two men?
  • What is the number that is one more than one-tenth of one-fifth of one-half of 4,000?
  • Jane went to visit Jill. Jill is Jane’s only husband’s mother-in-law’s only husband’s only daughter’s only daughter. What relation is Jill to Jane?
  • Ruth is half her father Graham’s age. In 10 years, Ruth will be three-fifths Graham’s age. Ten years ago, Ruth was one-third Graham’s age. How old are Ruth and Graham now?

    Analysis Questions

    Similar to what you might find on an SAT Test, analysis questions feature quite commonly on Mensa’s Admission Tests. For example, pear is to apple as potato is to…?. While taking the test, you will see questions about what one person likes. For example, Scott will like Jenna and not Lucy, Jeff but not Mark. You need to figure out the logic in the names to determine who he will like out of two names that are given. There are pictures to look at in puzzles, and you will see words that have a common word at the beginning to create new words.

    The Mensa test is something that requires you to think outside of the box with some questions, and there are some questions that you have to be able to work out by knowing math and other subjects.

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