Mensa offers membership test at half-price in February


DAYTON — Dayton Area Mensa, the local chapter of the international high IQ society Mensa, will offer the society’s membership qualification test at half the normal cost on Wednesday, Feb. 28, starting at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church, 960 W. Dorothy Lane, Kettering.

The test takes about two hours. Test takers should arrive and sign in 15 to 20 minutes before starting time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated once testing has started.

Those who score in the top two percent of the general population on either of two tests of logic and reasoning will be invited to join Mensa. Safe social distancing will be maintained at all times. A maximum of nine test takers can be accommodated and pre-registrants will have priority. You will need a picture ID.

To pre-register, email [email protected] or call 937-546-7885. For more information about Mensa, visit,, or or call 1-800-66MENSA.

American Mensa is not for profit per U. S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501c(4) but must cover expenses including paying for the use of copyrighted tests which Mensa does not own, and other necessary expenses of the testing program. For a test administered by a local group’s volunteer proctor American Mensa normally charges $60 to evaluate and report the candidate’s test results to the candidate. During February 2024 this is reduced to $30, half the usual cost.

Persons at least 14 years old but less than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for permission to take the test (it’s a legal issue) although the parent/guardian need not be present during the testing session. The permission form is available at

The tests Mensa uses in local testing sessions are not normed and validated for persons under 14 years of age, who may qualify by other means. Persons under 14, or their parents if appropriate, should visit and

American Mensa has members as young as two years to over 100 and the Dayton group has members of primary school age through middle 90s. The Dayton group has an active gifted youth program for members in various age ranges under 18.

There is an additional way to test and qualify for Mensa membership for those who find the testing schedule inconvenient. See

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