Want to measure your intelligence? Are you planning to take an IQ test? You can prepare for the Mensa IQ test with a few practice questions here.
Over the past decades, intelligent measurement tests have improved and become much more precise. It is always a good idea to practice on your test before taking it. If you want to take the Mensa IQ test, you’ve come to the right place.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but the imagination.” – Albert Einstein
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the test and practice questions before you take the test.
What is Mensa IQ?
Mensa International is a non-profit organization that assesses people’s IQs. In fact, Mensa is both the largest and the oldest IQ company in the world. They specialize in people who score at least 98e percentile or higher on IQ tests (whether supervised, standardized or other intelligence tests).
Mensa International is based in England, UK, but there are national branches in many countries around the world under its umbrella. Mensa international is said to have approximately 134,000 members worldwide. Most of its members are from American Mensa (approximately 57,000 members), British Mensa (approximately 21,000 members) and Mensa Germany (approximately 13,000 members).
Mensa does not have their own tests, they used tests that have been proven to work. Before applying to the Mensa organization in your country, you will need to take a legitimate IQ test, the results of which would be deemed valid by Mensa. You should contact your national Mensa organization directly with any questions. Only Google Mensa and the name of your country for contact details and specific information. Mensa also offers sample questions for the intelligence tests, so you should check them before taking the test.
“I am not a Mensa member. I don’t know where this rumor came from. I never have been and I doubt I will ever be. – Ben stein
The only way to measure your intelligence (in terms of what Mensa will accept) is to take a real IQ test. All sample questions should just be taken for entertainment or as a way to familiarize yourself with the type of questions that tend to be included on IQ tests.
Usually the minimum age to take an IQ test is 10½ years old. Young children should be assessed by a school psychologist before they are allowed to take an IQ test. Mensa accepts members of all ages. It is estimated that approximately 1,500 members are under the age of 18.
Some questions are puzzles depending on the language or numbers. And the questions get more complicated as the test progresses.
With that understanding, here are some questions you can practice on.
- Question: Which four-letter word can be attached to the start of each of the following words, thus forming longer words? Age, width, it, carrier, wagon.
- Answer: The word is “group”.
- Question: What number is missing from this sequence? 4 9 16 25 36? 64.
- Answer: The missing number is 49 because all the numbers in the sequence are square numbers.
- Question: Which seven letter word would cause the letters to rearrange the phrase “at any time”.
- Answer: The letter of seven would be “approval”.
- Question: Replace each of the blanks in the following sentence with two different three-letter words that contain exactly the same three letters. The sentence is “the woman decided to BLANK a well-known law firm at BLANK for compensation”.
- Answer: The first BLANK should be replaced with the word “use” and the second BLANK should be replaced with the word “sue”.
- Question: If FP = 10 and HX = 16 what does DS = do?
- Answer: 15. The answer is the number of places in the Latin alphabet between the first and second letters (H and X).
“Frankly, the reason I joined MENSA is because I was dating a guy back then who spoke five languages and could solve a Rubik’s Cube literally with his eyes closed because it’s just an algorithm.” – Ashley rickard.
- Question: Which letter should come next in the following sequence LKJH?
- Answer: The letter that should come next in the sequence is G. Why? Because the sequence reproduces the order of the letters (from right to left) on the middle row of a keyboard.
- Question: Look at the following scribbled words and identify the actual words. Which of the words does not belong to the group? CGHICOA, TTOOORN, IMMIA, CPOEHNANGE.
- Answer: Clear words are CHICAGO, TORONTO, MIAMI, COPENHAGEN. The word that does not belong to the group is COPENHAGEN because it is a European city, while the other words are names of large cities in North America (in the United States and Canada, more precisely).
- Question: Five people took part in a car race. You need to determine the order in which everyone ends up. Here’s all the info you’ll need to solve it: There was no tie in the race. Wanda did not come first, James was neither first nor last, Jonathan one place behind Wanda, Yolanda one place behind Wanda, John was not second and Walter was two places behind John.
- Answer: John came in first, James came in second, Walter came in third, Wanda came in fourth and Yolanda came in last.
- Question: If 40 bakers can bake up to 20 pizzas in 2 hours, how long will it take 2 bakers to bake 10 pizzas?
- Question: What is the missing number in this sequence 3 7 15? 63,127?
- Answer: 31. Why? Because each number plus one is the next one in the sequence.
- Question: Ceylon relates to Sri Lanka in the same way that Constantinople relates to one of the following cities: Philadelphia, Leningrad, London, Paris, Istanbul.
- Answer: Istanbul. Why? Because Istanbul is the current name of Constantinople, just like Sri Lanka is the current name of Ceylon.
- Question: Potatoes are to peanuts what apples are to any of the following: bananas, daisies, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers.
- Answer: peaches. Why? Because apples and peaches grow on trees, just like potatoes and peanuts grow underground.
Have fun with the practice questions and good luck passing an IQ test!
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