Gifted youth admission

With the help of our Testing & Admissions Department, your daughter or son may quickly qualify for Mensa membership in one of two ways: by taking the Mensa Admission Test or by submitting evidence of prior testing.

Testing procedures for candidates age 14 and above

American Mensa offers a test battery to all prospective members age 14 and above. If English is not your first language, we also offer a culture-fair test battery. You can arrange to take our test with an American Mensa volunteer proctor in your area by filling out this form. For specific questions regarding our test battery, please contact Testing and Admissions.

Submitting evidence of prior testing

Mensa accepts more than 200 tests for admission, and many members under the age of 14 apply by submitting evidence of prior testing. 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. Many parents have their children tested by a school or private psychologist, and most public and private schools give tests that we accept for admission, including these common tests.

Scores on the following tests must be at or above the 98th percentile with an index of 132:

  • Otis Lennon
  • Stanford Binet
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (COGAT)
  • Test of Cognitive Skills
  • Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities (not the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test)

Scores on the following tests must be at or above the 98th percentile with an index of 130:

  • NNAT-Individual Form
  • NNAT-Multilevel Form
  • Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales
  • WPPSI (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence)
  • WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children)

The test score must be in one of the following formats:

  • Listed on a sealed school transcript.
  • An original score report (include a SASE for safe return of the document).
  • A notarized copy of your original document.

If you have questions regarding a test not listed above, please contact Testing and Admissions.

Prior evidence submission

To submit evidence of testing given by either a private or school psychologist, include the membership application. Testing information must appear on psychologist, school district, clinic or agency letterhead. It must also include:

  • Candidate's name
  • Date of test
  • Name of test
  • Full Scale IQ and/or percentile
  • Psychologist's signature on the document
  • Psychologist's license number on the document

All American Mensa testing and admissions procedures are done under the supervision of Supervisory Psychologist Dr. G. Frank Lawlis.