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Mensa is one of the most exclusive organizations in the world. It does not matter how famous you are, how much money you have, or powerful or influential you are none of this is criteria for membership to the Mensa Society.
There is only one way to gain entry and that is to solve Mensa puzzles and score in the top 2 percent of the world’s population. Yes, the only requirement for membership is you have to be among the world’s most intelligent people.
Mensa has a vast cross section of members, from 3 years old to over 100 from more than 100 countries which make for interesting gatherings when they meet. So, you want to join this elite society. Are you smart enough? What do you need to do to pass a Mensa quiz?
There is no one, exclusive Mensa puzzle you need to solve. The Mensa Society has approved many intelligence tests from a variety of different providers, such as Stanford-Binet, GMAT, and Miller. As long as you score in the 98th percentile you can submit it for membership to the Mensa Society. Mensa says around one in 50 applicants qualifies for membership.Have you taken intelligence tests in the past? How well did you do solving the Mensa puzzle? If you did well you just may be Mensan material.
If you are thinking you have not scored within the top 2 percent on a standard intelligence test there are other Mensa puzzles you can take. Just remember, online intelligence quizzes do not count towards membership. All approved intelligence tests must be supervised, but online intelligence tests are good practice.You can also ask Mensa to give you its admission test if you think you have what it takes.
Mensa also has a timed practice test called the Mensa Workout that gives you a good idea of how you would score on the real test. While your score from the Mensa Workout does not qualify you for membership to Mensa, it is fun and gives you an idea of whether you have what it takes to solve the real Mensa puzzle.
The Mensa Workout is fun to take and the Mensa puzzles give your brain a real work out. Here are four questions from the Mensa Workout:
1. One of the following proverbs is closest in meaning to the saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Choose one:
a. “One swallow doesn’t make a summer.”
b. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
c. “A man is known by the company he keeps.”
d. “Fine feathers make fine birds.”
e. “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
2. Four years ago, Jane was twice as old as Sam. Four years on from now, Sam will be 3/4 of Jane’s age. How old is Jane now?
3. Only one other word can be made from all the letters of insatiable. Can you find it?
4. There are 1200 elephants in a herd. Some have pink and green stripes, some are all pink and some are all blue. One third are pure pink. Is it true that 400 elephants are definitely blue?
The answers are not here because you can take the Mensa Workout online and find out the answers for yourself.
Mensa has a test you can take at home for a small fee. Solve the puzzles at home and send it back to the Mensa Society to have it scored. You may be invited to take the Mensa Admission Test if your score is high enough on the home test.
Mensa only tests you if you are over 14 years old because intelligence testing is unreliable for children under that age. If you think your child is smart enough to join the elite, have your child tested based on their cognitive abilities under the supervision of a licensed psychologist in the school environment.
If you want to take a shot at Mensa membership, contact your local Mensa organization to setup a time to take the Mensa admission test. If you reach the 98th percentile you will be admitted to the world’s most elite organization.