Mensa (latin word for table) is a high IQ (short for intelligence quotient) society with members all around the world.

MENSA is mainly a society where people of similar intellect can communicate, meet, learn and have fun.

To qualify for membership, one has to have taken an approved intelligence test and scored in the upper 2%, or a score higher than 98% of the population. The test needs to be administered and supervised properly, by approved individuals or institutions.

Four areas are tested on a standard IQ test; verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory and processing speed. Scores can vary between areas, and it's possible to get a very low score in one area, and a very high score in another. The mean between those scores determines one's IQ.

Many other kinds of intelligence do exist, but have not been a part of the standard IQ tests so far.

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