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Big news for me…

August 14, 2009

I’m officially a member of Mensa!  I’ve been wanting to join for some time, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized I unwittingly qualified over 12 years ago.  Apparently, when I took the OLSAT exam in high school, I scored high enough to qualify for Mensa membership.  So I sent in the score report and an attesting letter from the school, and they approved me.  It’s a big thing for me, so help me celebrate. =)

If you’re not familiar with Mensa, you’re missing out on a good thing in the world of geekhood.  Mensa is, according to the stuff they sent me, “an organization for anyone who scores in the top 2 percent of the general population on one of more than 200 standardized intelligence tests.”  It’s arguably one of the best known high-IQ societies.

I would add that 1 of 50 people is not that selective – you should try out.  Some local groups (if you don’t live in the sticks like I do) test as often as once a month for about $40 (US).  The test is not a scored IQ test – it’s simply a test for Mensa membership.  You must earn a score in the 98th percentile of the general population.  Alternatively, you can see a psychologist or your school counselor to take any of a large number of IQ tests.  Some older versions of standard educational exams (older ACT, GRE, and SAT) can possibly qualify as well.  See this link for details on which tests qualify.