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Mensa Testing

Chicago Area Mensa regularly offers a proctored test for admission to the organization for a testing fee of $40.00 ($60 as of 7/1/17). The test is offered for the convenience of those individuals interested in joining Mensa who either

  1. do not have a qualifying intelligence test score on a previously-taken exam (see prior evidence for more information), or
  2. prefer to take the admissions test.

Please note- Mensa proctored tests are not recommended for the sight- or hearing-impaired.

There's no way to study for the Mensa admission tests. You will be tested on logic, English vocabulary, and deductive reasoning. All materials will be provided; no calculators or mechanical devices will be allowed. Our proctors are current members of Mensa and are specially certified volunteers.

Testing Coordinator

Individuals interested in taking the test should contact our Testing Coordinator, Conrad Pomykala. Contact him via email at testing@chicago.us.mensa.org../images/email-regular.s.gif or you may leave a telephone message at (312) 666-1091. Although walk-ins are welcome at most testing sites, you must contact the Testing Coordinator:

  • to pre-register to take the test at some locations (as noted below),
  • to guarantee a seat for a given session,
  • if you are a Culture-Fair or other non-standard test candidate,
  • or for any other special situations.

Testing Sessions

There are testing sessions held at several locations throughout the Chicago metro area each month- a current list is below. Testing sessions last approximately 2 hours and are open to applicants 14 years of age and older. Individuals under the age of 18 MUST have written parental or guardian permission; inquire well in advance about our procedures. All sessions are subject to change or cancellation based on lack of attendance or unavailability of a proctor.

To pre-register for any of the following sessions, please send an email to testing@chicago.us.mensa.org../images/email-regular.s.gif and state which session. You will receive a confirmation email with site-specific details.

While our sites accept credit/debit cards, checks, and money orders (but not cash!) we encourage the use of prepaid testing. (Note: some sites below can ONLY accept vouchers!) You can visit the American Mensa website to click on the "Pre-purchase testing" link to get started. Proctors accept the prepayment confirmation at the session. The vouchers are the equivalent of cash and can only be used once.
If vouchers are presented during a reduced-rate testing promotion, the remaining funds will be applied to your membership dues if you qualify; otherwise, they will be applied to a second test battery or refunded upon written request.

Chicago, IL
River North
33 West Ontario Street in Chicago

Very limited seating; ALL candidates must preregister and prepurchase a test voucher!
Parking is very expensive; public transit strongly recommended! Latecomers will not be admitted.

  • Preregister../images/email-regular.s.gif to guarantee a seat for a given session.
  • Wednesday, June 21, at 6 PM. No Culture Fair available this date.

Rolling Meadows, IL
Community Center
3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows

A primary testing site. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if space permits.
Culture-Fair candidates MUST pre-register../images/email-regular.s.gif for available dates.

  • Preregister../images/email-regular.s.gif to guarantee a seat for a given session.
  • Saturday, June 24, at 4 PM. Culture Fair test available

Lisle, IL
Daniel Goodwin Hall of Business, Benedictine University
5700 College Rd. in Lisle

A primary testing site. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if space permits but are not advised since location is 'inside' the campus.
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  • Preregister../images/email-regular.s.gif to guarantee a seat for a given session.
  • Saturday, July 22, at 4 PM. No Culture Fair available this date. Half price ($30) for this session

Chicago, IL
Magnuson Campus Center, North Park University
5000 North Spaulding Avenue in Chicago

A primary testing site. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if space permits but are not advised since location is 'inside' the campus.
View North Park campus map
Culture-Fair candidates MUST pre-register../images/email-regular.s.gif for available dates.

  • Pre-register../images/email-regular.s.gif to guarantee a seat for a given session.
  • No sessions currently scheduled here.

Non-Language Based Tests

Mensa offers a Culture Fair test battery primarily for individuals who do not speak English as their primary language, have dyslexia, or have timed test anxiety. The battery of three tests is designed to measure intelligence without the influence of cultural climate, level of education or verbal fluency. These tests are non-verbal and require only that candidates be able to distinguish relationships in figures and shapes.

If you do not speak/understand any English, we will accommodate your interpreter, if possible, but you must contact../images/email-regular.s.gif us in advance to make arrangements.

This test is not appropriate for sight-impaired, hearing-impaired, or severely disabled people.

Individuals who did not qualify via American Mensa's primary test battery can also take the Culture Fair battery as a means to qualify for membership.

These non-language tests are not regularly scheduled but ARE given a few times a year; contact the Testing Coordinator, Conrad Pomykala, if you wish to take this test. Conrad can best be contacted via email../images/email-regular.s.gif or leave a voice message at (312) 666-1091.



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