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Taking the MAT for Mensa

Many people take the MAT with the intent of applying to Mensa. Anyone interested in taking the MAT for Mensa can find a full overview of qualifying test scores and application materials on their test score page. Here are the highlights:

A Qualifying Score

Mensa normally sets the minimum score necessary for admission as anything in the 98th percentile or higher. For acceptable graduate exams like the MAT, GMAT, or LSAT, the minimum percentile is set lower: the 95th percentile.

The MAT provides you with two percentile rankings: one for the “total group” and one for your “intended major.” You need a percentile ranking of 95, or higher, in the total group category to qualify for Mensa.

While it is hard to find exact MAT percentile conversions, you will likely need an MAT scaled score in the range of 430-445 for Mensa.

Studying for Mensa

The MAT, and other graduate exams accepted by Mensa, place such a high emphasis on a particular type of thinking that doing exceptionally well is difficult unless you have some natural talent. That doesn’t mean the MAT is something you cannot study for. In fact, if the average student was willing to drop everything and study intensively for 12+ months, most could probably get a Mensa qualifying score. But not many people would be willing to do that.

However, let’s say you took a practice test, and you are within 10-15 points from a Mensa qualifying score. There is a good chance you can close that gap through study. Read our 1 week and 1 month study plans, and use that information to design a 2-3 month study plan. Be sure to take frequent practice tests to check your progress. With consistency and a little luck, you’ll get to the 95th percentile (maybe even higher).

About Bertrand

Bertrand is a remote tutor and a MAT blogger for Magoosh. He received a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and studied education theory at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He has been studying and working in education since 2010. Born and raised in New Jersey, he now resides in Philadelphia. When he isn’t helping students study or writing blogs for Magoosh, he spends his time practicing mixed martial arts and reading as much as his schedule permits.

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