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   Mensa is an international society made up of persons who score at or above the 98th percentile on any one of a number of standardized intelligence tests. Mensa is dedicated to identifying and fostering human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, to encouraging research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, and to providing a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members. Mensa provides individuals with opportunities to meet other intelligent persons at the local, regional and national levels. Mensa has over 100,000 members worldwide and chapters in more than 40 different countries.

   Membership in Piedmont Area Mensa (PAM) is open to any Mensa member living in the geographic area served by PAM or to any member living in another Local Group area and who chooses to move his or her membership to PAM by preference.

   In the U.S. alone, more than six million people qualify for membership - that's really about one person in every 50. Most don't realize that they qualify and haven't considered membership. (You've at least considered membership or you wouldn't be reading this now.) You can become a member of American Mensa in one of two ways:

bullet If you are age 14 or older, you can take a supervised standardized test administered by one of our certified member volunteers.
bullet Anyone, regardless of age, can submit evidence of prior testing in the form of scores from a supervised standardized test, such as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, the Miller Analogies Test, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Army or Navy General Classification Test (GCT). (American Mensa currently accepts more than 200 tests as prior evidence. To see a partial list of acceptable test scores, please visit

   For more information about membership in Mensa, please contact the Piedmont Area Mensa Membership Chair, Wanda Tripp, by e-mail at or by telephone (864) 630-5547, or visit the American Mensa web site. For more information about the Mensa Admissions Test, or to find out when an upcoming test will be scheduled in the Upstate, please follow this link.


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