What is Mensa?

Mensa was founded in 1946 and is an intelligent society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population. Mensa has three stated purposes:

  1. to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity,
  2. to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, and
  3. to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members.

Today there are about 110 000 members  in 100 countries throughout the world. Mensans range from age from 2 to 100, but most are between the age of 20 and 60. The word Mensa means Table in Latin. Mensa is a round-table society, where race, color, creed, national origin, age, politics, educational or social background are irrelevant. Mensa takes no stand on politics, religion or social issues.

How do become a Mensa member?

You have to attained a score within the upper 2% of the general population on the Mensa Intelligence Test that has been properly administered and supervised. There is no other qualification or disqualification for initial Mensa membership eligibility. Mensa has no other eligibility requirements other than IQ testing. If you’ve never taken an IQ test, or don’t want to get official copies of your previous test scores, then Mensa can test you. First you need to do a pre-test that will be scored and if your score is high enough, you’ll be invited to take a qualifying supervised test. The pre-test is just for practice and you can’t use it to qualify.

Taking a pre-test is not required for admission, however, many people take it simply for the challenge. Feel free to contact themfor more information or to arrange testing. You can also do the Workout intelligence quiz online: www.mensa.org/workout.php The Workout gives you 30 minutes to answer 30 questions. When you submit your answers, your test is instantly scored, and you can see how your score measures up. The Workout is not an IQ test, and can’t be used for qualification to join. The official website: www.mensa.org

Celebrity Members:

Nolan Gould from Modern Family.
Glenne Headly from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland’s Opus.
Alan Rachins from L.A. Law and Dharma and Greg.
Geena Davis from A League of Their Own and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
Michael Muhney from Veronica Mars and The Young and the Restless.
Quentin Tarantino has an IQ of 160 — the same as world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.
Steve Martin, comedic actor.