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

The regular Mensa test is designed for people over 14 years of age who are fluent in English. If that test would be difficult for you because of cultural or language differences, ADHD, learning disabilities or other problems, you may take the alternative nonverbal, untimed test (a language-free measure of abstract problem-solving ability). Please note that if you wish to take the language-free version, you must make prior arrangements. Email the Testing Coordinator to arrange this option.

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.

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 Regular and Culture Fair tests will be available in February and March of 2015. The exact dates for the test sessions have not been confirmed yet and will be announced in early 2015. At that time, test dates will be posted on this web page and also will be available via an email announcement. To receive the email announcement when it’s available, please click the following link and submit the request form:

Testing Calendar Information Form.

What to bring

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 Mensa), money order, 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!