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FAO Americans: Free Mensa Test

 
onetimeuser
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on 01/29/2013

I was actually made aware of this by Sunforged so credit goes to him.

Americans can, for a limited period, take a free mensa test: https://www.us.mensa.org/join/mht/

Usual cost $18, completed online.

If you find out that you are a 'genius' you still have to take a paper test for admission into Mensa, but hey..... it's interesting!

I'm going to refrain from taking the American Mensa test (I'd take the British one, in case Americanizations slow me down, every point counts lol).

You basically have until the end of January to take the test (so basically, you need to do it NOW).

Thought this was well worth sharing. Let me know if you get a great score!

 

humagaia
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on 01/29/2013

Trouble with Mensa tests is that they test for mental capability but not for common sense.

I had an acquaintance who bragged about being a member of Mensa but regularly did utterly incomprehensibly stupid things that an 8 year old would have undertaken with greater competence.

I did once fall fall the rhetoric and took a Mensa test way back when. It was just like taking the 11-plus (for you American guys, this was a universal test for 11 year old's for acceptance into elite public secondary education). But who wants to be associated with people that are so vain as to want to flaunt the fact that they have a high IQ? Can't think of anything more boring, myself.


onetimeuser
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on 01/29/2013

Oh I'd only take one for fun.

I was once employed to sit and shift through hundreds of CV's for somebody (boring but enlightening).

Any mention of mensa membership on a CV = straight in the bin. 

Believe it or not, there were actually people who put that on their CV as an achievement. 

It is good for a personal and private short term ego boost, irrelevant to anybody else and to life/society/careers/success.

I'm sure that there are people with a very low IQ who happen to be excellent at say accountancy, and people with a very high IQ who wouldn't be able to tie their shoelaces.

humagaia
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on 01/29/2013

Who wants to know that someone is good at:

1. knowing the next number in a sequence

2. seeing the relationship between words

3. observing how pictures relate to one another.

These things can be learned anyway! And they bear little relationship to what will need to be known to survive.


Sam
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on 01/29/2013

 

ryank: 01/29/2013 - 04:05 AM
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Any mention of mensa membership on a CV = straight in the bin. 

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That is interesting, why was that? SY

PS I always got bored, so I never managed to complete one of those if they came around my neck of the world. ;-)


onetimeuser
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on 01/29/2013

 

Sam: 01/29/2013 - 04:32 AM

 

ryank: 01/29/2013 - 04:05 AM
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Any mention of mensa membership on a CV = straight in the bin. 

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That is interesting, why was that? SY

PS I always got bored, so I never managed to complete one of those if they came around my neck of the world. ;-)

I was exaggerating a little, but I did see somebody mention mensa in their covering letter and that certainly went in the bin, another put it under qualifications. I do think that flaunting of intelligence is crass though. I'm not so sure that mensa membership is an "achievement" or worthwhile experience.

Where would one write "member of Mensa" on their CV? Qualifications? It isn't a qualification. 

I also personally subscribe to the Howard Gardner theory of multiple intelligence's. In his theory there are nine measures of intelligence, and IQ tests measure only two (or arguably three) of those. Somebody could severely lack in the two/three intelligence's measured by IQ tests but excel in the six/seven that are not measured by IQ tests.

Gardner believes in "Musical intelligence" for example. You could be a musical genius with an IQ of 60. 

 

 

chefkeem
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on 01/29/2013

I tink da mensa taste is much two hard honestly.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
BrendaReeves
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on 01/29/2013

ryank, he has moved that up to 12 intelligences.

 

hum, not having any common sense is typical with high IQ people. My ex MIL skipped four grades in school and graduated college at the age of 19. She would do some of the dumbest things. I was once trying to teach her a new knitting pattern. She finally said, "Oh, this is too complicated for me." These people are often very good at achieving in school but not the real world. The only class she ever got a failing grade in was logic. lol

I would like to take that test for fun, but I know I wouldn't get very far. lol


Brenda Reeves
onetimeuser
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on 01/29/2013

 

BrendaReeves: 01/29/2013 - 09:13 AM

ryank, he has moved that up to 12 intelligences.

Really? LOL.

He started on 6, then 7, then 8, then 9.....

Must have missed 10, 11, and 12 Laughing

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