How To Qualify for Mensa

Mensa membership is open to individuals who score in the top 2 percent of the general population on a standardized IQ test.

You can be invited to join American Mensa in one of two ways:

Submit prior evidence of an IQ score at or above the 98th percentile of the general population: You can submit a score from a supervised, standardized test. American Mensa accepts more than 200 qualifying tests, including the Stanford Binet, the LSAT, the CogAT or the Cattell. Many people find this a quick and easy way to qualify for Mensa membership, because they can qualify on tests they have already taken at some point in their lives. The final decision of evaluating such prior evidence rests with the American Mensa National Office under the authority of the supervisory psychologist.  You can review a partial list of tests and qualifying scores on the American Mensa Web Site.


Take the Standard Mensa Admission Test Battery or Mensa’s Culture Fair Test Battery: If you’re age 14 or older, you can take a supervised, standardized test from one of our local certified member volunteer test proctors.

In either case, if your score is in the top 2% of the population, you qualify for membership in Mensa. Then, it’s just a matter of joining and paying your dues.


Upcoming Tests in Orange County, CA (Southern California)

Private Testing: The Mensa Admission Test is now available at several local Testing Centers. See  Take the Mensa Admission Test  to find a location and schedule a test at your convenience.

Local Group Testing: (The Mensa Admission Test or the Culture Fair Test, offered in a group setting,  and proctored by a certified Mensa member volunteer).

The upcoming  Local Group test schedule is listed on this website:

  • On a computer: the schedule  (Upcoming Tests) is on the sidebar.
  • On a mobile device: if no sidebar is visible, scroll down to the bottom of the page to look for Upcoming Tests.

Or, access the Testing Calendar on the American Mensa website for test sessions across the U.S.

About the Standard Mensa Admission Test Battery


  • The standard test session consists of two timed tests with a short break between them.
  • You have two chances to qualify for Mensa — A score at or above the 98th percentile on EITHER ONE of the tests will qualify you for membership.
  • The entire testing session will take approximately two hours.
  • Two options:
    • Private Testing: Offered at several local testing centers and can be scheduled at your convenience. Electronic version of the test. $99.  Click here for more information.
    • Local Group Testing: Take the test in a group setting with other candidates, proctored by one of our certified Mensa member volunteers. Paper and pencil version of the test. $60.


About Mensa’s Culture Fair Test Battery

This is a non-language set of three tests designed to measure intelligence without the influence of cultural climate or verbal fluency. All the questions involve pictures – similar to picture logic puzzles. Anyone may take the Culture Fair test, but it is especially recommended for persons whose native language is not English, persons with dyslexia or ADHD, or persons who have taken the standard Mensa Admission Test but didn’t qualify for Mensa membership, and want to test again.

  • The Culture Fair test session consists of three tests. One test is timed; two are not timed.
  • You have three chances to qualify — A score at or above the 98th percentile on ANY ONE of the tests will qualify you for membership in Mensa.
  • The entire testing session will take between two and three hours.
  • Test fee = $60
  • Not available via Private Testing at this time.

More About  Local Group Testing


You may pay on the day of the test. We accept cash, check, or credit card. If paying with cash, please have exact change. If paying by check, make out your check to American Mensa, Ltd.

If it is more convenient for you, you may pre-purchase testing from American Mensa. Please print out your voucher receipt and give the printout to the test proctor as proof of purchase. Vouchers are good at Mensa test sessions across the U.S. For more information, click here and select Pre-Purchase Testing. Please note that you still need to make a reservation for the test session of your choice.

What to Bring to the Test Session

  • Photo ID (Driver’s license, passport, government-issued ID card, school-issued ID, birth certificate, etc.).
  • $60 (payable by cash, check, credit card or American Mensa voucher; Make checks out to “American Mensa, Ltd”.)
  • Signed parental consent form if under 18 years old.
  • Two sharpened #2 pencils.
  • Ball point pen.
  • A well-rested mind.
  • No cell phones, calculators, or other electronic devices please!

After the Test

Approximately three or four weeks after the testing session, you will receive a notification from American Mensa with your raw score, instructions on how to convert your raw score to an approximate IQ score, and whether or not you qualify for membership in Mensa.

You may only take each test one time. In other words, after you take either the standard test or the Culture Fair test, you may not take the same test from us a second time. However, if you take the standard test and do not qualify for Mensa membership, you may take the Culture Fair test at a later time, and vice versa.

Applicants under the age of 18

  • All candidates must be 14 years of age or older on the day of the test.
  • All candidates under the age of 18 on the date of the test must submit a signed parental consent form (available ahead of time on request).
  • Although we do not administer testing to children under the age of 14, parents may submit evidence of prior testing for their children. (See Gifted Youth Admission.)

A Practice Test

Wondering how you can take a peek at some of the kinds of questions featured on the standard Mensa  test? You can do that right now with the official Mensa Practice Test.  The Mensa Practice Test (formerly known as the Mensa Home Test) is a fun way to discover if you may be Mensa material. While this timed, on-line test will not qualify you for membership,  it may give you a better understanding of the types of questions you’ll find when you take the standard Mensa Test.

For a nominal fee, you can take the Mensa Practice Test online now, and it will be scored immediately. The test is timed and takes 30 minutes to complete.


See our Testing FAQ page.

If you have a question about Mensa’s standard test session or Culture Fair Test, or about the upcoming schedule of tests in Orange County, or to register for a specific test session, e-mail:


If you have already been offered Mensa membership, here is how you can join us.


Check out this short video to learn some of the benefits of joining Mensa.