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Gifted Children

How do people join Mensa?

The only requirement for membership of Mensa is an IQ score measured in the top two per cent of the population, using a recognised IQ test. 

This can be evidence of prior testing, or anyone aged ten and a half or over can take the Mensa Supervised IQ Test. Sessions are held at venues around the UK throughout the year.

Mensa Supervised IQ Tests 


How do younger children join Mensa?

The tests which Mensa is licensed to administer are not appropriate for children aged under ten and a half. However, the society welcomes younger children on the basis of a Prior Evidence application - where the family submits details of independent testing. Local authorities have information about qualified educational psychologists in the area, who would have access to a wider range of tests, suitable for the individual's needs.

Mensa Prior Evidence applications 


What is Junior & Teen Mensa?

Mensa is a 'round table' society, all members are regarded as equals and in most cases members aged under 18 can join in with everything that is happening in the society. All members receive the same magazines, regional newsletters and member updates, and under-18s are welcome at all appropriate Mensa events (accompanied by a parent or guardian), except where specific licensing laws apply.

Members aged 17 and under receive the Junior & Teen Mensa newsletter by email, which is full of stories, pictures and reviews by fellow younger Mensans.

We also host the Future Paths conference for teen members aspiring to apply to Oxbridge, and junior and teen members get involved with gatherings and games contests every year.

Members aged 13 and over are also invited to join our private social media groups.


How can Mensa help my child's needs?

Mensa is not an educational establishment, and therefore is not able to offer individual advice to parents about their child, schooling, etc. However families are able to network with other Mensa members, many of whom share the experience of living or working with gifted children.

Experience also shows that younger members benefit from knowing there are other bright children, and being able to contact them through the Junior & teen newsletter the under 18s members-only Bright Spark web forum.


I am a teacher - can Mensa help me?

Teacher support is available via our Gifted Child Consultant, Lyn Kendall, who also runs workshops for bright sparks and their parents. If you need help to support a bright child, email to be put in touch with Lyn.


Can Mensa test at my school?

Mensa is able to provide support through its schools testing programme.

The High IQ Society offers a group testing discount, enabling secondary schools to identify the top five per cent for the gifted and talented register.

Mensa Schools IQ Testing