High-IQ society Mensa to offer admission test


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BEAVERCREEK — Dayton Area Mensa, the local chapter of the international high IQ society, will hold a testing session at the Beavercreek Branch Library, 3618 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

Test takers should arrive about 15 minutes prior to testing to complete registration. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated once testing has started. The test takes about two hours. Those who score in the top 2 percent of the population on either of two tests of logic and deductive reasoning are eligible for membership.

The test is open to anyone age 14 and older. The test Mensa administers is not normed and validated for persons under 14, who may qualify by other means.

For applicants under 18, a parent or guardian must sign for permission to take the test, although the parent or guardian need not be present at the testing session. If appropriate, contact the chapter for the appropriate form for the parent/guardian to sign. Forms will be available at the testing session or we can send them in advance of the test date. Each test taker must have a photo ID. There is no charge to take the test. To cover expenses of the testing program the national Mensa office charges $20 (October only; normally $40) to score the test and report the results to the person who took the test. This may be paid at the time the test is given.

Applicants of any age can use prior evidence from a wide variety of other standardized IQ tests to qualify. This is the only way a person under 14 can qualify; see http://www.us.mensa.org/join/testscores/ and http://www.us.mensa.org/join/gifted-youth-admission/.

For additional information or to preregister, e-mail testing@dayton.us.mensa.org or call 937-878-1467 and leave message and your number for call-back. Preregistration is encouraged. Walk-ins will be accepted until testing supplies run out.

Members of American Mensa range in age from 2 to 102. They include engineers, homemakers, teachers, military personnel, actors, athletes, mechanics, students and CEOs, and they share only one trait — high intelligence. The Dayton chapter includes about 250 members from middle school age through late eighties and regularly organizes lunch and dinner groups, games nights, pub crawls, movie nights, and visits to various educational, cultural and just plain fun events around the area.

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