Fostering cognitive talents

Volant is the flagship group among the sister-societies under Elysian Trust. Its members are called “Volanteers.” It was created on January 12, 2012, and is a discussion forum for individuals who possess an IQ score that is at least in the upper 99.9th percentile.  Aside from providing a discussion forum, the group serves as a common nexus point for members to support each other’s interests and projects. The support may be financial, social, or intellectual.  A few snippets from actual members:

 “Already, I have greatly benefited from the group because one of the persons I met there has agreed to come to Stanford for an event that a group I am part of is organizing. She will speak about reductionism and AI and whether they are compatible (she argues against it… my professors are very for it… so we’ll see how it goes).”

There have been business collaborations formed, marriages made, projects co-developed, tuitions paid for, and many new friends found in Volant.  The group has accomplished its goal as a social club, and that is not something to downplay, as the social component is often what is missing in the lives of the high-range neuro-divergent.

Volant does work to find that balance of friendliness and rigorous thinking in the discussion forums.  It’s easy to accomplish when everyone or most people agree on something, but when there are strong opinions that clash this balance can be challenged.  Much of the frustration can be avoided, though, if newcomers realize that in Volant you aren’t necessarily going to find like-mindedness.  You’ll likely see a broader range of views than you would elsewhere.  Instead of feeling frustrated by that, revel in it.

For most members, the social and potential professional connections made in the group are enough.  For others, they’d like to do more with their brainpower, collectively.  There is a Volant Think-Tank to help with that, called Volant Eval.  It’s still developing as of the time this is published, but you can read more below.

V&S Evaluative Services
Volant’s and SOLAR’s think-tank focuses on a few specific topics that can be applied to a variety of subjects.  Volant’s part of the services focuses on developing gifted and talented programs for schools that fit their budget and their demographics.  SOLAR’s part of the service focuses on program evaluation.  Both Volant and SOLAR work together to recommend how programs may improve.


Admissions and Membership
If you’re applying, it is probably because a Volanteer invited you to join.  They likely asked you because you come across as both brainy and civil. If you are brainy in the IQ sense and polite, and will actually participate in our discussions and/or meetings, we’d be delighted to have you.  But if you are not all three of these things, you may want to consider joining another high IQ club.

Tests we accept
There are too many IQ tests and or academic assessment tests to list.  It’s easier to give a generic description, and you can determine if any of the tests you’ve taken fulfill the criteria.  If it is an IQ test, it should be both standardized and proctored, like the WAIS-IV or RAPM-II.  We do not accept IQ tests that the American Psychological Association would not recognize.  You should have a score on it that is equivalent to the 3-sigma level.

Some examples:
ACT — at least 32/36 on the one before October 1989; at least 34/36 on the one after October 1989
MicroCog — 145/155
Miller Analogies Test — at least 472/600 or 84/100
Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices  — at least 35/36
SAT — at least 1450/1600 on the one taken before April 1995; at least 1520/1600 on the one taken between April 1995 to February 2005
Wonderlic Cognitive Abilities Test– at least 43/50

If you don’t see a test of yours on here, don’t be surprised.  That’s okay.  Send us what you have, and we will evaluate it.  Again, just make sure it is a proctored and standardized test.

If you don’t have any test at all you can submit, it is a good idea to sign up for the Mensa Admissions Tests.  They also have a set that is “culture fair” if you would prefer a nonverbal test.  Mensa has chapters in numerous countries, and their tests are nominally priced in comparison to tests administered by clinical psychologists. Please keep in mind you may score high enough for Mensa, but still not score high enough for Volant.  Alternatively, you can reach out to the nearest university near you with a clinical psychology department.  They often have graduate students who can administer an IQ test to you for free.


To apply for membership to Volant, please contact our Membership Officer at membership@elysiantrust.org
Please provide your:
-A brief message stating you which societies you want to join, you will honor our civility standard and honor fellow members’ anonymity if you are admitted.
-Accept that you may be removed from the society if you are inactive for more than six months, or combative with multiple members
-A copy of your test score(s)

For general inquiries about Volant, contact membership@elysiantrust.org