Mensa is an international society with over 100,000 members. The sole qualification
for membership is a score at or above the 98th percentile on any of a number of
standard tests, making it a
virtual melting pot of personalities and ideologies.
Over five million Americans are qualified to join.
Contact our Proctor Coordinator for
information on testing in the Los Angeles area.
Mensa is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to conduct research in psychology
and social science, identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity
and serve as a means for stimulating intellectual and social contacts among its members.
Much of the research and fostering is done by the
Mensa per se holds no opinions, champions no causes and is not affiliated with
any other organization.
“Mensa” is not an acronym. The word is Latin for “table” and
signifies the round-table nature of the organization, wherein all members are treated
as equals. (We don't spend our time sitting around comparing IQs. Such behavior is
considered rude.) We are well aware the word means other things in other languages
(e.g.: “cafeteria” in German, “stupid woman” in Mexican slang).
We don't care.
Further information about American Mensa can be found at
American Mensa's Web site along with links to
the Web sites of other local and national Mensa organizations and Mensa members around