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Qualifying test scores

American Mensa accepts scores from approximately 200 different standardized intelligence tests*. Often potential members have taken acceptable tests at other times in their lives and don't realize they may already qualify for membership. While the following is not a complete list, applicants often ask about the following tests.

Please note that all documentation must be the original or a notarized copy of the original. Review of your qualifying scores may be delayed if your documentation does not meet this requirement. Further, in order for scores to be accepted for Mensa membership, tests must be administered by a neutral and qualified third party in a traditional testing environment under conditions appropriate for the norming standards of each test (such as the classroom of a certified school teacher or a private psychologist).

Tests commonly administered by school districts
College preparatory tests
Tests administered by private psychologists
Tests administered by the military


Tests commonly administered by school districts

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Composite SAS of 132
Differential Ability Scales (DAS) GCA 132
Otis Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) Total SAI 132
Otis-Gamma Test IQ 131
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)
Individual and Multilevel Forms
Nonverbal Ability Index Score of 130 or above
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2 (NNAT2)
Individual and Multilevel Forms
Nonverbal Ability Index Score of 132 or above
Stanford Binet IQ 132
Stanford Binet 5 IQ 130
Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities
(not the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test)
IQ 132

 


College preparatory tests

ACT Composite

prior to 9/1989
(must be a composite score of 29;
cannot be an estimated score.)

effective 9/1989

29


N/A

GMAT Total percentile** 95% or above
GRE prior to 5/1994 (quantitative + verbal)
from 5/1994 to 9/30/2001
(quantitative + verbal + analytic)
taken after 9/30/2001
1250
1875

N/A
Henmon-Nelson   132
LSAT*** prior to 1982
effective 1982
(total percentile rank)
662
95
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) prior to 10/2004 (raw score)
after 10/2004
(total group percentile score)
66
95%
PSAT (taken in junior year) prior to 5/1993
effective 5/1993
180
N/A
PSAT (taken in senior year) prior to 5/1993
effective 5/1993
195
N/A
CEEB prior to 9/30/1977
after 10/1/1977
1300
N/A
SAT prior to 9/30/1974
from 9/30/1974 to 1/31/1994
after 1/31/1994
1300
1250
N/A

 


Tests administered by private psychologists

California Test of Mental Maturity (CTMM) IQ 132
Cattell IQ 148
Differential Ability Scales (DAS) GCA 132
Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales IQ 132
Stanford Binet IQ 132
Stanford Binet 5 IQ 130
Wechsler Adult and Children Scales
-(WAIS, WAIS-R, WAIS-III, WAIS-IV;
-WISC, WISC-R, WISC-III, WISC-IV, WISC-V;
-WPPSI, WPPSI-III, WPPSI-IV)
-Note: The Wechsler tests must be given in their entirety.
-Mensa requires a Full Scale IQ score (FSIQ), so all sub-tests needed to obtain an FSIQ must be given. Supplemental sub-tests are not required unless they are substituted for a required sub-test with valid explanation for why it was substituted.
-For the WISC-IV only: American Mensa will accept the general abilities index (GAI) in cases where there is a significant difference (i.e. 1½ or more standard deviations) between two index scores. For all other Wechsler tests, the GAI will not be accepted.
FSIQ 130
Wechsler Non-Verbal Scale of Ability (WNV)
-American Mensa will accept the WNV test only for individuals who are hearing impaired.
-The clinical report must inidicate this condition to be considered.
FSIQ 130

 


Tests administered by the military ****

AFQT prior to 10/1980 98
Army GCT prior to 10/1980
effective 10/1980
136
N/A
ASVAB not accepted   
GT prior to 10/1980 136
Navy GCT prior to 10/1980
effective 10/1980 
68
N/A

 


Mensa reserves the right to alter or change these scores as the tests shown are renormed or restandardized. Mensa will appraise all applications individually and reserves the right to make the final determination about the acceptability of any test.

Please note that all documentation must be the original or a notarized copy of the original. Review of your qualifying scores may be delayed if your documentation does not meet this requirement.

N/A These tests no longer correlate with an IQ test. Note that the acceptance date applies to the date you took the test, not the date you join Mensa. You can still join Mensa by using older scores.
* Many intelligence test scores will qualify you for Mensa, but Mensa's supervisory psychologists will have to individually appraise the documentation. Almost any test with "achievement" in the title is not acceptable for Mensa admission. American Mensa does not accept unsupervised testing as proof of eligibility, specifically unsupervised testing administered electronically or via Internet-based tests.
** Unlike most tests, the qualifying score for the GMAT is based on the percentile of the total score. There are three columns on the score report, each with a numerical score and a percentile. You're looking for the percentile next to the score in the "total" column — if it's 95 percent or greater, the score qualifies you for Mensa.
*** Submitted documentation must be an original copy mailed from the testing agency, LSAC. Printouts from Web sites or PDFs will not be accepted.
**** The new military tests are vocational aptitude tests and are not suitable for Mensa admission.