Inquiring Minds: How smart do you have to be to join Mensa?

Q. How smart do you have to be to join Mensa?

A. Founded in 1946, Mensa International bills itself as an organization that accepts members “from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2 percent of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.”

The American branch of Mensa accepts scores from about 200 different intelligence tests as proof of qualification for membership. Did you ace the SAT or the ACT back in your youth? Can you prove it? You may have already qualified. For more information and to find out what scores you need, check out their website at But before you sign up for this or any group, you may want to consider carefully the immortal words of Groucho Marx, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member (Online resources.)


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