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Can You Pass the Mensa Intelligence Test?

Mensa IQ Test Practice Questions

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Think you’ve got what it takes to make it into Mensa? Founded in 1946, the exclusive non-profit organization is only open to people who score in the 98th percentile or higher of a standardized IQ test. With members in over 100 countries, Mensa’s mission is “to identify and to foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.”

Popular Science has released some sample questions from an intelligence test that are similar to what you’d see on a Mensa IQ exam. Testing verbal, spatial, and mathematical reasoning, these brain twisters will get you thinking and give you a glimpse into what would await you if you ever tried entering Mensa.

Interestingly, while most countries accept scores on any of the standardized IQ tests and intelligence scales—such as Cattell or Stanford-Binet—the United States is different. American Mensa has its own application exam that is used exclusively for membership. The American test is two exams involving logic and deductive reasoning. Applicants need to score in the 98th percentile on at least one of the tests in order to qualify, and may only try once unless they receive a note of extenuating circumstances.

So, give these four questions a try and see if you are up to the task!

h/t: [Mental Floss]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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