Taking the locally proctored test

We strongly encourage you to reserve a seat for a test. To confirm a seat and ensure that there is a test for you, email the Testing Coordinator with your name and the date and location of the test you’d like to take. If you choose to show up without a reservation, you might be able to take the test — at the sole discretion of the proctor, if there is room and test material.

Michelle Rakshys

Michelle Rakshys,
Testing Coordinator

American Mensa offers two test batteries that may qualify you for membership. The first includes both the Reynolds Adaptable Intelligence Test and the Mensa Wonderlic®; this is the battery of tests given most frequently. The second battery is a “culture fair” battery that includes the Cattell Culture Fair, the Nonverbal Reasoning Test and the SRA Pictorial Reasoning Test.

After you test with one of our local, volunteer Proctors, your tests are sent to our National Office for scoring. Within two to three weeks, your tests are scored and a letter with your Mensa qualification status is mailed. That letter also contains the raw scores for each of the tests you take, and you need qualify on only one of the tests to be offered membership.

If you are under 18, one of your parents must sign a permission slip provided by the Testing Coordinator, so be sure to contact the Testing Coordinator in advance to make arrangements. Or, an even better option would be to bring a parent with you to the testing session. We can not test anyone under 14 years of age.

The test takes about about two hours and costs $40.00.

Note:  Should you become ill at the last minute, do not come; you want to be at your best. However, be sure to notify the Testing Coordinator to remain on the mailing list.

Next available testing dates

The next available testing date will be on May 21st and June 4th:

Date: Sunday, May 21st
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Defensive Driving School
Address: 1505 NW Gilman Blvd #5b; Issaquah, WA 98029 (The Lake Hills Building)
Test Type: Regular Admission Test (RAIT)

Date: Sunday, June 4th
Time: 9:30 am
Location: University Heights Center
Address: 5031 University Way NE; Seattle, WA 98105
Test Type: Regular Admission Test (RAIT)

Test date notifications

Dates of future test sessions will be posted on this web page as they become available. If you want to receive email notifications of test sessions as they become available, please click the following link and submit the request form:

Testing Calendar Information Form.

What to bring to the test

We try to have the room open 15 or 20 minutes ahead of time, so come early and look through our publications. Dress in layers, since room temperatures vary.

Bring the following to the test:

  • A photo ID.
  • A couple of number 2 pencils.
  • $40 in check (made out to American Mensa), or credit card. Mensa accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
  • A permission slip signed by a parent if you are under 18, or bring your parent along!
  • Beverages are welcome in a quiet, lidded container.

Good luck on the test!

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