What information am I given after writing the home test?
The Mensa Canada Home Test is a fun way to discover if you are Mensa material. For details on how to take the test, see http://www.mensacanada.org/join/home-test/ While this test will not qualify you for membership or give you a precise IQ score, it does offer a good indication of your likelihood for success should you choose to take our supervised admission test.
Am I given my IQ score after writing the supervised qualifying test?
An IQ score, per se, isn't given but your percentile ranking is. The score required to join Mensa is the 98th percentile or greater.
Why does Mensa use percentile scores instead of precise IQ scores to determine membership qualification?
To quote the Mensa International website: “The term "IQ score" is widely used but poorly defined. There are a large number of tests with different scales. The result on one test of 132 can be the same as a score 148 on another test. Some intelligence tests don't use IQ scores at all. Mensa has set a percentile as cutoff to avoid this confusion. Candidates for membership of Mensa must achieve a score at or above the 98th percentile on a standard test of intelligence (a score that is greater than that achieved by 98 percent of the general population taking the test).”
How long does it take to find out if you passed the test, and/or your membership has been approved?
If you have not received a response after a month, please follow up with the national office.
How long does it take to get a response once you’ve sent in your Prior Evidence documentation?
In general, it usually takes about 1 month to complete the verification process. If you haven’t received a response within 4-6 weeks, please contact the national office.
The IQ test I have taken is not listed on the Prior Evidence page, but my score was high enough to satisfy the entrance requirement. Can I ask that these results be considered, or do I have to take another exam?
Please send a copy of your test results to the national office, who will pass them on to our National Supervising Psychologist for a decision as to their suitability for Mensa Canada membership.
Events and Activities
What kind of opportunities are there for members to participate in Mensa Canada?
- Mensa Canada is a non-profit social organization run by volunteers.
- Any activities, programs, publications, websites or scholarships offered by our organization are initiatives handled by our network of volunteers, with local groups across Canada and at the national level.
- Members also have access to gatherings and volunteer initiatives around the world. See the Mensa International website for more information.
Who organizes Mensa Canada activities and events?
All Mensa Canada activities and events are organized by its members. People get as much out of Mensa as they contribute to it.
Children and Youth
My child (14 years of age or older) has been identified as gifted. What is the actual test taking procedure?
If your child is 14 years of age or older, they are eligible to take the standard Mensa Canada test. You can find information about the Mensa Canada testing process on the Take the Test page.
Gifted children are often the product of gifted parents. Why not make it a family event, and write the test together?
How does joining work for people under 14 years of age, if they can’t write the exam you offer?
If your child is under 14 years of age, they cannot take the standard Mensa Canada test. You can arrange to have a registered psychologist assess his or her IQ, and submit their test scores via the Prior Evidence procedure.
My child is having trouble at school because they’re gifted. What can I do?
If you child is experiencing problems with their education by being under challenged or misunderstood, Mensa Canada can sympathize with your plight but there are other organizations which can offer more substantial assistance than we can. Contact school boards or charter schools about gifted programs, or contact parent advocacy groups such as the Association for Bright Children of Ontario. Mensa Canada does have a Gifted Youth Committee which can provide access to relevant links to assist parents.
We are interested in meeting other like-minded children for our child to play with. Does Mensa support connecting families with gifted children?
The availability of interacting with other mothers and children is dependent on where you live. There are naturally more chances for interactions in large urban settings. Please see the list of local chapters.
Mensa Canada does have some child members but does not currently have the numbers required to support large programs for them. Members can access resources offered to children by other national Mensa groups such as the US, Australia and the Czech Republic.
Are there any other advantages to our young child becoming a Mensa member?
Youth members have an opportunity to participate in a variety of Mensa activities, such as:
- Writing: In a recent issue of the national journal, MC2, there is a short article on time travel written by a 10 year old member from BC.
- Socializing: An 8 year old member from Fort McMurray was spotted having a ball at a recent Regional Gathering in Banff, AB.
- Connecting: The American Mensa Annual Gathering (AG), which is huge - attracting over 2,000 people. It has such great children's programs, possibly even surpassing the adult programs.
- Networking: You have access to a worldwide network of Mensans once you become a member.
Travelling to Canada (SIGHT Referrals)
I'm traveling to Canada soon. How do I access the SIGHT travelling Mensan service in Canada?
- If you haven’t already, please register for a basic profile page at mensa.org, in order to verify that your Mensa membership is current.
- Email the SIGHT coordinator a link to your mensa.org profile, along with your Canadian travel assistance request.
- If you do not wish to register for a basic profile page, please ask your national Mensa office to confirm your current membership to the Mensa Canada SIGHT coordinator via email.
- You may also wish to join the SIGHT group on Facebook.