About Us

Mensa is for those who rejoice in the exercise of the mind. If you enjoy mental challenges and revel in the interplay of ideas, American Mensa is an organization that will stretch your mind and expand your horizons. Mensa is an international society that has one - and only one - unique qualification for membership (Ok, you have to pay the dues, too.): you must score in the top 2% of the population on a standardized intelligence test.

The word mensa means "table" in Latin; similarly, mens means "mind" and mensis means "month." The name "Mensa" is reminiscent of "mind, table, month," which suggests a monthly meeting of minds around a table. The organization is a round-table society, where race, color, creed, national origin, age, politics, and educational or social background are irrelevant.

Officially, Mensa's stated purposes are "to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members."

Mensa Test

You can take the Mensa test locally, offered at least once a year. Contact the Testing Proctor Coordinator, listed on the Contacts page, to find out when and where the next test will be given.

Prior Evidence
You may also present the results of a properly administered intelligence test for evaluation. Further information is available on the American Mensa website.


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