Only Mensa members can pass this tricky maths test

Posted by
Tom Victor

Funny, isn’t it? You used to hate maths tests at school, but now you’ve been given the chance to take one in your free time and you’ve jumped at the chance.

Maybe it’s the chance to show off in a way you couldn’t back at school - being smarter than your mates never used to be cool, but now just being better than them at anything is worth it for the bragging rights. Either way, here’s the toughest test you’ll take today, and if you do well you can follow it up by getting that Mensa application filled out.

Oh, and there’s a bit of verbal reasoning thrown in for good measure, just to help you *really* feel like you’re back at school.


It's 9pm. One hour later it will be 10pm (two hours until midnight) and two hours later it'll be 11pm, just one hour from midnight

Question 1/9

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?

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One typist takes two minutes to type one page, or six minutes to type three pages. 18 divided by three is six

Question 2/9

If two typists can type two pages in two minutes, how many typists will it take to type 18 pages in six minutes?


Both grow in the ground

Question 3/9

Pear is to apple as potato is to...


The rest are all artistic works made by a person

Question 4/9

Which of the following is least like the others?

Alternate numbers are going down by one (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5) and others are climbing by two (3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

Question 5/9

Continue the following number series with the pair of numbers below that best continues the series: 10 3 9 5 8 7 7 9 6 . . .

It's Parachute!

Question 6/9

What is the following word when it is unscrambled? HCPRAATEU


One tenth of 400 is 40. One quarter of that is 10. Half of 10 is 5

Question 7/9

What is the number that is one half of one quarter of one tenth of 400?


The chickens were a red herring

Question 8/9

Which of the sentences below means approximately the same as the proverb: "Don't count your chickens until they are hatched."


Daylight, Daybreak, Daytime. And besides, the others are not three letters long

Question 9/9

The same three-letter word can be placed in front of the following words to make a new word: ---light, ---break, ---time.

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