ARLINGTON -- Think your IQ is in the top 2 percent in the U.S.? Find out for sure at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when American Mensa offers a testing session at its Arlington headquarters.
Those who score high enough can join the group's approximately 58,000 members. More than 6 million Americans are eligible, the group says.
Arlington resident Devin Lee, 37, a high school English teacher, said she took the test in October because she plans to apply for a University of North Texas graduate program in educational psychology with an emphasis on the gifted and talented.
"I thought it would be beneficial to have that on my application," she said.
Sixty percent of U.S. test takers qualify for membership, and of those, 80 percent join, the group says.
"Our hopes with this Mensa test session is that we expose those who have thought about becoming a member, or who have taken an interest in our organization, to American Mensa membership and they can see firsthand what our society has to offer," said Monica Hatley, a spokeswoman in Arlington.
The group describes itself as not only an organization for smart people but also one where members can socialize with one another and participate in intellectual, mind-stimulating activities. Members attend local and national events, join special-interest groups such as astronomy and philosophy and help in their communities through projects.
Lee said her approach in taking the test was to accept the outcome regardless of what it was.
"I knew I couldn't do anything to change the results," she said. "It's different from a knowledge-based test that you can study and prepare for. Either you meet the criteria or you don't."
Patrick M. Walker,