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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.

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).

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Qualifying scores

While the following is not a complete list of accepted tests/scores, applicants often ask about the following tests.

Tests commonly administered by school districts

Test Name Qualifying Score
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Composite SAS of 132
Differential Ability Scales (DAS) GCA 132
Differential Ability Scales - Second Edition (DAS-II) GCA 130
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) Nonverbal Ability Index Score of 130 or above
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2 & 3 (NNAT2/NNAT3) Nonverbal Ability Index Score of 132 or above
Otis Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) Total SAI 132
Otis-Gamma Test IQ 131
Stanford Binet IQ 132
Stanford Binet 5 IQ 130
Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities
(not the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test)
IQ 132 (editions I, II and III); IQ 131 (edition IV)

College preparatory tests

Test Name Details Qualifying Score
ACT Composite taken prior to 9/1989
taken after 9/1989
29 (composite scores only)
Not accepted
GMAT Total percentile** 95% or above
GRE taken prior to 5/1994
taken from 5/1994 to 9/30/2001
taken after 9/30/2001
1250 (quantitative + verbal)
1875 (quantitative + verbal + analytic)
Not accepted
Henmon-Nelson   132
LSAT*** taken prior to 1982
taken after 1982
662
95 (total percentile rank)
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken prior to 10/2004
taken after 10/2004
66 (raw score)
95% (total group percentile score)
PSAT (taken in junior year) taken prior to 5/1993
taken after 5/1993
180
Not accepted
PSAT (taken in senior year) taken prior to 5/1993
taken after 5/1993
195
Not accepted
CEEB taken prior to 9/30/1977
taken after 10/1/1977
1300
Not accepted
SAT taken prior to 9/30/1974
taken from 9/30/1974 to 1/31/1994
taken after 1/31/1994
1300
1250
Not accepted

Tests administered by private psychologists

Test Name Qualifying Score
California Test of Mental Maturity (CTMM) IQ 132
Cattell IQ 148
Differential Ability Scales (DAS) GCA 132
Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales IQ 130
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 indicate this condition to be considered.
FSIQ 130

Tests administered by the military

Test Name Details Qualifying Score
AFQT taken prior to 10/1980
taken after 10/1980
98
Not accepted
Army GCT taken prior to 10/1980
taken after 10/1980
136
Not accepted
ASVAB   Not accepted
GT taken prior to 10/1980
taken after 10/1980
136
Not accepted
Navy GCT taken prior to 10/1980
taken after 10/1980 
68
Not accepted

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 websites or PDFs will not be accepted.
**** The new military tests are vocational aptitude tests and are not suitable for Mensa admission.