There are currently around 140,000 members of Mensa across the globe with 19,000 hailing from the UK and Ireland. However, with around one in 50 people eligible to join, there may well be more than 1.4 million potential Mensans in Britain and Ireland that are none the wiser.
The incredibly bright three-year-old, Dayaal Kaur, made headlines recently when she was successfully admitted to Mensa which is bound to get you pondering if you’d be eligible to join the high IQ society.
You might expect there to be an endless list of criteria to hit before you are even considered entrance as a member but that couldn’t be further from the truth; you simply need to possess a high IQ. An exceptionally high IQ to be more specific, Mensa only accepts the top two per cent across the world.
Essentially, you need to take an IQ test that is measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process.
There are many reasons why people may opt to take the IQ test, some want to challenge themselves and to see how they feat, others commonly do so to accompany university applications or CVs.
Some do so for the heightened opportunity to engage in intellectual discussion covering an assorted range of topics, to boost their social calendar, or to be able to visit places or hear speakers that aren’t often available to the general public.
Of course, some join just because they can – who doesn’t want to be a part of a high IQ society.
According to Mensa, many of those that take the test are actually pleasantly surprised by their IQ score.
Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate a high IQ in the top two per cent of the population as measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process.
Commonly, people take the test that Mensa offer themselves but prior to membership application, if you have taken a test that proves you in the 98th percentile, the test may be valid for membership under the prior evidence process.
Mensa holds group supervised IQ tests every week across various UK locations, alternatively, tests can be taken via any registered psychologist.
Those wanting to go down the Mensa supervised IQ test route will also receive a free personality profile, said to offer you a rounded assessment of your capabilities for £24.95.
In this case, two papers will be taken, the Cattell III B and the Cattell Culture Fair III A.
Alternative tests, which can better cater for those with disabilities or additional needs, are usually carried out by psychologists.
More dates for supervised IQ tests will be added once restrictions ease and more venues begin to open up.
Get some practice in
Mensa have a free online workout, it won’t generate an IQ score for your attempt but it acts as a great indicator of how you might fare during an IQ test and gets those cogs turning.
Think of it as a warm up to test the waters and to gauge the sort of questions that will crop up during an official test.
Typical questions are along the lines of ‘TRIANGLE is to THREE as RECTANGLE is to….’
If you’re thinking easy-peasy then you might have what it takes to apply for Mensa.