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American Mensa will release raw scores to candidates who test with American Mensa

Dear LocSecs and supervised testing volunteers,

At the November 2010 AMC meeting, American Mensa’s Supervisory Psychologist Dr. Frank Lawlis presented his review of the current climate of psychological testing with regard to our testing program and the issues involving HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act - the government act that addresses the security and privacy of health data).  He advised American Mensa that we should begin providing raw scores to individuals who take our test batteries.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, American Mensa will release raw scores to candidates who test with American Mensa.  We will not provide an IQ or further interpretation or evaluation of the raw score.  Instead, the "qualify" and "non-qualify" letters will direct our test-takers online, where they can interpret their raw scores to the equivalent IQ ranges. (We will also provide a brochure regarding score self interpretation upon request.)

Current members who tested between April 1, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2010, can request their scores at no charge.  Lapsed members and past Offers of Membership will pay a $15 fee for their score report, and Offers of Membership will receive a $15 credit on their first dues payment with encouragement to join.

Test scores must NOT be converted or evaluated by staff members or volunteers, as it could cross over into the area of a psychological evaluation.  If you are contacted by the member/candidate and they need help interpreting their score, please direct them to http://www.us.mensa.org/testevaluation after Jan. 1, 2011.  The downloadable brochure will be available at http://www.us.mensa.org/materialsrequest.

If you are unsure about a specific question on this topic, please have the members or candidates contact the National Office at admissions@americanmensa.org or 888/294-8035 ext. 199.

Sincerely,

Mary Burkhead Spencer, MA, LPC-I

Admissions Manager

817-607-0060 ext. 5529






Voucher use deadline March 31 2018

All current members should have received a Voucher Program Code by email recently.  Mine arrived January 11.  With these codes we can each give one friend the opportunity to take the Mensa admission test or submit qualifying prior evidence free of charge.  The catch is that the testing or submission has to happen by the end of the Mensa fiscal year, March 31st.  So don't procrastinate, find someone to put this free-of-charge opportunity to good use !

Are you wondering if your SAT, ACT, PSAT or other tests could already qualify you for Mensa Membership?

We're reviewing qualifying scores from accepted intelligence tests. Potential applicants can visit us.mensa.org/testscores to find out more, including which types of tests are accepted.

If you have friends and family who have taken the LSAT or the GMAT or have scores from another accepted intelligence test, now is a great time for them to consider joining Mensa. You may direct them to us.mensa.org/testscores to find out more about this offer.

Several myths about Mensa membership…. Laurie Levesque

Myth 1: As a new or newly-active member, I'm going to have to prove myself.

Reality: newcomers are welcomed with warmth and interest. New members aren't asked to prove themselves, jump through intellectual hoops, or do anything they don't want to do. The assumption is, if you've come to an event, you're there as an equal with everyone else. In my experience, Mensans don't actually discuss issues of IQ very often at all, or if they do, it is usually in reference to the education system in this country or as a self-deprecating comment about needing to be re-tested. If you haven't heard this joke before, don't worry; Mensans don't ever get re-tested, but we like to make good-natured comments about it now and then, usually about ourselves.

This is one myth I wondered about when I was relatively new. The crowd I hung out with a lot nine or ten years ago was just a small subset of the overall membership in New England. In this small group, there were many times I didn't get references to Broadway shows, history, classic literature, NPR, etc. For a while I wondered why I lacked all kinds of knowledge that a couple of them had. In time, it dawned on me that each member was unique in his or her experiences and knowledge, and some had a lot more of certain types of book-learning. For example, some were good at trivia, and others were history buffs. Nobody ever said they cared when I didn't get a reference to West Side Story (I still don't), and it never bothered me if others didn't get my references to organizational psychology, karate, or heavy metal music (I was young!) The day when I was able to let my concerns go for good was when I had the epiphany that these differences were interesting, but not problematic. I remember hanging out on the front porch during a games night, listening to my friend Marty's son talking to another attendee, in detail and at length, about some aspect of theater. Earlier I had overheard his references to music and literature during a trivia game. I was impressed because he was in high school at the time and far more sophisticated than I in these areas (he still is!) In that moment, I had thought to myself, "I will never know even a tenth of what this kid knows," and I realized it didn't matter - not to him, not to his father, not to anyone else who was there, and honestly, not to me.

The diversity of this group is one of its strengths and one of its challenges. All of us are accepted for who we are. After meeting a number of members over time, it is hard not to notice that diversity permeates everything in this group, ranging from viewpoints, preferences, interests, careers, interpersonal skills, work ethics, political tendencies, religious views, and everything else on which we could differ. The bottom line is, once you are a member, you are accepted. Period.

Myth 2: If it's a regular monthly or weekly event, I'd feel obligated to keep attending.

Mais non! If you see an event that interests you go, have fun, enjoy. Stay until the end or leave early. If the event is offered again, decide then if you want to try it again. Any sense of obligation to keep attending is likely to be a creation of your own mind. One of the things that longtime Mensa members have learned is that people come and go: we move, we travel, individuals may lose interest in an event they've attended regularly, new events catch their eye, personal schedules get hectic for a time, or other life issues may take priority.

Myth 3: No one will talk to me if I am a new or inactive member.

Bah!!!!!!! This couldn't be further from the truth, really. I personally love to meet new or formerly inactive members. And my guess is that most others in this group who attend events also feel this way. Why do I assume that? Well, every event I've been to where someone was introduced to the host and/or other attendees as a `first timer' was welcomed like a new friend. Members went out of their way to talk to new people, to include them in conversations, to show them around and to get to know them. We have all joined this group for different, often multiple, reasons. A few of my reasons are that I get to hang out with smart folks like yourselves, that obscure joke references are appreciated, multisyllable words aren't scorned, several conversations are often going on at any given time, and laughter abounds. Okay, maybe that's many reasons, but you get the idea.

Oh yes, make sure you don't assume that everyone at an event already knows each other. Many may, but not always. The attendees at any given event vary, and there are times when it isn't clear who knows whom. Over 300 members belong to the New Hampshire chapter, and there are a number in Maine (which is now affiliated with New Hampshire) and in Massachusetts who come to events. Unless you tell the other folks you are new, they might never know; their assumption might be that you are just another member they had never met before. And, if you haven't attended many or any events, take the initiative and introduce yourself to a couple other attendees. If you are shy, then contact the host in advance and ask her or him to keep an eye out for you and introduce you to a couple of the other attendees. It's a service most of us provide more than willingly because we remember what it's like to feel new.

Myth 4: If I don't really click with the people I meet at my first event, then maybe Mensa isn't for me.

False. Please reread myths 1 and 3 and then come back. OK, now let's rethink this. There are a number of events and regional gatherings offered by this group and by the other local groups. Each event attracts different people for as many reasons. And sometimes the same event held a second or third time has a whole different crowd that shows up. You know the saying that you can't step twice into the same river? There's so much diversity in this group that you can't assume that the first 3, 7, or 10 people you meet are representative of everyone.

One of the great joys of belonging to this group is that it is possible to develop several sets of acquaintances/friends who may have little in common with each other beyond membership in this group. The key is not to stop with the first few you meet, but rather to seek them out, or let them find you. But, it can only happen if there are opportunities to interact.

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In the United States we tend to take things for granted, including the first amendment's "Right to Assemble".  Mensa is a true international organization.  We were told that after the fall of the U.S.S.R., one of the first thing some of its citizens did was apply for membership in Mensa.  They had been almost starved for intellectual stimulation, and greatly appreciated being allowed to join.

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