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Did you know that in the U.S. alone, more than six million people qualify for membership? That's actually one person in every 50. Unfortunately, most don't realize that they qualify and haven't even considered membership. If you are considering joining Mensa, there are two ways to become a member. You can either sit for the Mensa Admissions Test (if you are 14 years of age or older) or you can submit prior evidence from nearly 200 tests like the Stanford Binet, the Miller Analogies Test or the GMAT.

Test sessions for the Mensa Admissions Test for 2017 are as follows:



  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 - The Mensa Admission Test and the Culture Fair Test will be offered at 9:00am.
    • Both tests will be held during the Regional Gathering, SynRG, at the Doubletree by Hilton Houston Intercontinental. The Doubletree is located at 15747 John F Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX 77032
    • Please plan to arrive between 8:45am and 8:55am.
    • Please bring a photo ID and your method of payment in the amount of $40. We accept check, money order, credit card, and prepaid voucher.
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    • Following the test, you will be provided with a day pass to SynRG 2017: It's a Mystery.


General Information

The Mensa Admission Test is offered for the convenience of those individuals interested in joining Mensa who either:      

  1. do not have a qualifying intelligence test score on a previously-taken exam (see partial list), or     
  2. prefer to take the admission test.

This test is intended for individuals 14 years of age or older, so if you are between 14 and 17, you must have parental permission to take the test.

The Mensa test has two parts, so you'll have two chances to qualify for Mensa membership!  Allow 2 hours total for the two tests.  The standard Mensa Admission Test features "fill in the blank," "which item comes next," and "which one doesn't belong" sorts of questions, as well as some math and vocabulary.

Culture Fair

If English is not your primary language, or if you have dyslexia or another disability that would affect your performance on a language-based test, you may opt to take the Culture Fair Test.  This test has three parts (two of them are untimed) containing geometric designs and black line drawings, but the instructions are printed in English, so you must  comprehend enough English to understand the instructions. 


A score at or above the 98th percentile on either the MAT or Culture Fair will qualify you for Mensa membership. You will be advised whether you qualify for membership by the national office of American Mensa within a month after the test. 

Or, if you want to find out whether a test you've already taken qualifies you, and see a partial list of the standardized tests we accept on the American Mensa website, or call American Mensa, Ltd toll free 24-hours at: 1-800-66-MENSA or e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How Can I Prepare?

There is no way to study for either of the Mensa tests.  They test *how* you know versus *what* you know.  Therefore, the best way to prepare for the test is by getting a good night's sleep, eating a modest meal an hour or more before we begin, and arranging to be at the test site 10 or 15 minutes early.  The best practice test is our Home Test.

Test Day

IMPORTANT: Please bring a photo ID! Pencils and all other test materials will be provided to you.

The cost is $40, by check or money order payable to 'American Mensa, Ltd.', or by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  No cash, please--if absolutely necessary, exact change can be accepted as payment.

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