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Subject: Mensa - FAQ: What is the Mensa test like? [Monthly]

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These are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) in rec.org.mensa. Before posting a message asking a question, read this article. Chances are the answer is in here, or one of the other Mensa FAQ articles. This article includes answers to: 12) What is the Mensa test like? Other articles include the answers to: Question Archive-Name Posted -------- ------------ ------ 1) What is Mensa? mensa/faq BiWeekly 2) Who is Mensa For? " " 3) Why Should I Join Mensa? " " 4) What are Members of Mensa Like? " " 5) What does "Mensa" mean? " " 6) What are the Qualifications for Mensa? mensa/join BiWeekly 7) How do I apply for Membership in Mensa? " " 8) How do I Re-Join Mensa? " " 9) Where do I get more Information? " " 10) What other High-IQ Societies are there? mensa/high-iq Monthly 11) What famous people are in Mensa? mensa/famous Monthly You may retreive copies of this article and the other answers to Mensa FAQs by anonymous FTP from rtfm.mit.edu. Those without FTP access should send e-mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with: "send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources" in the body to find out how to do FTP by e-mail. Comments? Suggestions? Corrections? Send e-mail to rom-faq@miracle.com ======================================================================== THE MENSA WORKOUT! Exercise those little, grey cells with these mental calisthenics and see if you can match wits with Mensa. This test consists of questions distributed with two different Mensa pamphlets. Give yourself an one hour time limit on this test. - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - 1. Which of the lettered designs best completes the following sequence? [o] [.] (o) A: (.) B: (o) C: [.] D: [o] 2. Sally likes 225 but not 224; she likes 900 but not 800; she likes 144 but not 145. Does she like 1600 or 1700? 3. Only one other word can be made from the letters of INSATIABLE. Can you find it? 4. Put the appropriate plus or minus signs between the numbers, in the correct places, so that the sum total will equal 1. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 1 5. What is the word coiled inside this circle? T P I U A N L S 6. If two typists can type two pages in two minutes, how many typists will it take to type 18 pages in six minutes? 7. If it were two hours later, it would be half as long until midnight as it would be if it were an hour later. What time is it now? 8. Pear is to apple as potato is to? A: banana B: radish C: strawberry D: peach E: lettuce 9. Continue the following number series with the group of numbers below which best continues the series? 1 10 3 9 5 8 7 7 9 6 ? ? A: 11 5 B: 10 5 C: 10 4 D: 11 6 10. Which of the following is least like the others? A: poem B: novel C: painting D: statue E: flower 11. What is the following word when it is unscrambled? H C P R A A T E U 12. What is the number that is one half of one quarter of one tenth of 400? 13. Which of the following sentences given below means approximately the same as the proverb: "Don't count your chickens until they are hatched?" A: Some eggs have double yolks, so you can't really count eggs and chickens. B: You can't walk around the henhouse to count the eggs because it will disturb the hens and they won't lay eggs. C: It is not really sensible to rely on something that has not yet happened and may not ever happen. D: Since eggs break so easily, you may not be accurate in your count of future chickens. 14. The SAME three-letter word can be placed in front of the following words to make a new word: _ _ _ L I G H T _ _ _ B R E A K _ _ _ T I M E 15. Which of the figures below the line of drawings best completes the series? +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ |||||| | ||| | |||| | ||||| | || | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | || ||||| | | |||| ||| | | |||||| +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ A: +--------+ B: +--------+ C: +--------+ D: +--------+ ||||||| | | | | ||||||| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ||||||| | | | | ||||||| +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ +--------+ - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - How Did You Do? If you answered at least nine questions correctly, you've done fairly well. Mensa recommends you send for a preliminary test which you can take at home without supervision. Although this preliminary test is not required to qualify for membership, many individuals who have successfully passed the supervised qualifying test have stated that the preliminary test was extremely helpful in preparing them. This is especially true if it has been some time since you have taken any kind of timed, written examination. Remember, on the supervised test, you must score at or above the 98th percentile. You should feel comfortable and at ease with the types of questions which will be asked. The preliminary test will not contain any of the same questions as the supervised test, however it does contain similar questions and may help you get used to the process of test taking again. - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - * A N S W E R S * 1. A 2. 1600, Sally likes perfect squares 3. BANALITIES 4. 0+1+2-3-4+5+6-7-8+9=1, There are probably other solutions, so if yours is correct, give yourself full credit. 5. NUPTIALS 6. SIX typists, one typist types one page in two minutes. 7. 9 p.m. 8. B: Both grow in the ground. 9. A: Alternate numbers go up by 2 and down by 1, starting with 1 and 10. 10. E: The only one that is not an artistic work made by man. 11. PARACHUTE 12. 5 13. C 14. DAY 15. C: The number of lines goes down opposite the face, up on the side with the face and the stick alternates from top right to lower left. - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - Commentary on the Questions and Answers QUESTION #2 (Sally and her favorite numbers) The answer that Sally likes perfect squares is the answer that the question writer was "looking" for. Mensans always like to bend the rules a little, and find other solutions that give you the correct answer: * Sally likes numbers whose sum of the digits is odd. Therefore she likes 1600, not 1700. Or other solutions that give the incorrect answer: * Sally likes numbers in which the sum of the digits plus the number of digits equals 12. Therefore, she likes 225, 900, 144, and, of course, 1700. * Sally clearly likes the zeros of: x^4 + 404 * x^3 - 1792800 * x^2 + 32790000 * x - 49572000000 so the numbers she likes are 144, 225, 900, and 1700. Or even solutions that prove that neither answer is correct: * Sally does *not* like 1600 or 1700, because neither number has digits which sum to 9. She *does*, however, like 1800. QUESTION # 4 (Insert +/1 to make total equal one) When many Mensans look at the answer and see "There are probably other solutions, so if yours is correct, give yourself full credit", they usually wonder how many solutions there are. How many can you find? Still not challenged enough? Let's bend the rules a little bit, the question doesn't state that we *have* to put a sign between every pair of numbers. Adjacent digits would therefore form a number. For example: 0 1-2 3+4 5+6 7-8 9 = 1 (01-23+45+67-89 = 1) How many more can you find? - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - * ANSWERS TO COMMENTS * QUESTION #4, Part One 0+1+2+3+4-5+6+7-8-9 | 0-1+2+3-4+5+6+7-8-9 | 0+1-2-3+4+5+6+7-8-9 0+1+2+3+4+5-6-7+8-9 | 0-1+2+3+4-5+6-7+8-9 | 0+1-2+3-4+5+6-7+8-9 0-1-2-3+4+5+6-7+8-9 | 0+1-2+3+4-5-6+7+8-9 | 0+1+2-3-4+5-6+7+8-9 0-1-2+3-4+5-6+7+8-9 | 0-1+2-3-4-5+6+7+8-9 | 0-1+2+3+4+5-6-7-8+9 0+1-2+3+4-5+6-7-8+9 | 0+1+2-3-4+5+6-7-8+9 | 0-1-2+3-4+5+6-7-8+9 0+1+2-3+4-5-6+7-8+9 | 0-1-2+3+4-5-6+7-8+9 | 0-1+2-3-4+5-6+7-8+9 0+1-2-3-4-5+6+7-8+9 | 0+1+2+3-4-5-6-7+8+9 | 0-1+2-3+4-5-6-7+8+9 0+1-2-3-4+5-6-7+8+9 | 0-1-2-3-4-5+6-7+8+9 QUESTION #4, Part Two 0 1-2 3+4 5+6 7-8 9 | 0+1-2 3+4 5+6 7-8 9 | 0 1+2 3+4-5+6 7-8 9 0+1+2 3+4-5+6 7-8 9 | 0-1+2 3-4+5+6 7-8 9 | 0 1+2 3-4 5-6 7+8 9 0+1+2 3-4 5-6 7+8 9 | 0 1-2 3-4+5-6 7+8 9 | 0+1-2 3-4+5-6 7+8 9 0 1-2-3-4 5+6 7-8-9 | 0+1-2-3-4 5+6 7-8-9 | 0 1+2-3 4+5 6-7-8-9 0+1+2-3 4+5 6-7-8-9 | 0-1+2 3+4+5-6-7-8-9 | 0-1 2+3 4-5-6+7-8-9 0 1+2+3+4-5+6+7-8-9 | 0 1-2-3+4+5+6+7-8-9 | 0 1+2 3+4 5-6 7+8-9 0+1+2 3+4 5-6 7+8-9 | 0 1+2 3-4-5-6-7+8-9 | 0+1+2 3-4-5-6-7+8-9 0 1+2+3+4+5-6-7+8-9 | 0 1-2+3-4+5+6-7+8-9 | 0 1-2+3+4-5-6+7+8-9 0 1+2-3-4+5-6+7+8-9 | 0-1+2 3+4 5-6 7-8+9 | 0 1-2 3-4 5+6 7-8+9 0+1-2 3-4 5+6 7-8+9 | 0-1+2 3-4-5-6-7-8+9 | 0 1-2+3+4-5+6-7-8+9 0 1+2-3-4+5+6-7-8+9 | 0 1+2-3+4-5-6+7-8+9 | 0 1-2-3-4-5+6+7-8+9 0 1-2 3+4+5+6+7-8+9 | 0+1-2 3+4+5+6+7-8+9 | 0 1+2+3+4 5-6 7+8+9 0+1+2+3+4 5-6 7+8+9 | 0 1 2+3 4+5-6 7+8+9 | 0+1 2+3 4+5-6 7+8+9 0 1+2+3-4-5-6-7+8+9 | 0 1-2-3-4+5-6-7+8+9 | 0-1-2 3+4+5+6-7+8+9 0 1-2+3 4-5 6+7+8+9 | 0+1-2+3 4-5 6+7+8+9 | 0 1 2-3 4+5-6+7+8+9 0+1 2-3 4+5-6+7+8+9