Mensa is an international society that has one – and only one – qualification for membership, a score in the top 2% of the population on a standardized intelligence test.
Prior test evidence is accepted. The American Mensa website has details on the more than 200 tests along with eligible scores. Tests are administered locally on a regular basis; see the testing information below.
With over seven hundred members in the eastern Kansas-western Missouri area, Mid America Mensa sponsors a number of activities each month. Approximately 22 special interest groups (SIGs), including games, singles, family, movies, and music meet each month. Members also gather at local restaurants and pubs for social occasions. Float trips on rivers within an easy drive of Kansas City have been summer highlights in the past as well as the Annual Picnic and White Elephant Auction. Special meetings with debates and/or speakers are also scheduled. Gatherings range from strictly fun to serious and everything in between.
As a member of the Mid-America Chapter of American Mensa, Ltd., you will receive our local newsletter, Mension, and the national publication, Mensa Bulletin. These will keep you in touch with Mensa happenings at the local, national, and international levels. For more information about membership, click here to send an email or call our Mensaphone at 816-471-7776.
To learn more about Mid America Mensa, click here. And click here for a history of Mensa itself.
Testing for Mensa
The tests are administered once a month, on usually the third Saturday or Sunday at a local library, beginning at 1:30pm and lasting approximately 2 hours. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete some paperwork. Late arrivals will not be admitted. You will need a picture ID and the $40.00 fee may be paid by cash or check at the time of the test.
Smoking, eating, and drinking are not allowed. There will be a short break between tests. Your test will be sent directly to the professional staff at our Arlington, TX, headquarters for grading. Your scores are kept confidential and should be returned to you within 4 to 6 weeks.
Two tests are administered: a version of the Wonderlic Personnel Test and the Mensa Admissions Test, a version of the California Test of Mental Maturity. You are required to score at or above the 98th percentile on either test for Mensa membership. The tests are designed to measure your thinking abilities rather than specific knowledge. We will supply all necessary testing materials; calculators and other mechanical devices are not permitted. Please be advised that if you have taken either of these tests before with the Mensa organization you may not take them again.
Candidates under 14 should contact me for additional information as these tests are not calibrated for that age. If English is not your primary language or if any physical conditions make testing difficult please advise me so that arrangements may be made. If you have any further questions please feel free to email me at [email protected].