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What is Connecticut & Western Massachusetts Mensa?

Mensa is the international high IQ society founded in 1946, with over 100,000 members world-wide. Mensa members (called Mensans) must be in the top 2% of standardized IQ tests to qualify. Connecticut & Western Massachusetts Mensa (abbreviated "C&WM") is a local chapter of Mensa.

Mensa in the United States is known as American Mensa and is divided into ten geographic regions. Region 1 includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York (excluding Western New York Mensa and Rochester Area Mensa), the northern portion of New Jersey (including the Newark area) and a portion of northeastern Pennsylvania. Twelve local groups comprise the region.

Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Mensa is a local group of American Mensa. C&WM consists of  Connecticut (except for Fairfield County, which is Southern Connecticut Mensa [SCM]) and the four western counties of Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire.) Greater Boston Mensa covers the rest of Massachusetts.

Near-by Mensa Chapters also include Rhode Island (RIM), Greater New York Mensa (GNYM), Mid-Hudson (NY) Mensa, Mensa of Northeastern New York (MONNY), New Hampshire / Maine Mensa, and Vermont Mensa.

Mensa International's website is WWW.Mensa.Org.

Mensa takes its name from the Latin word for "table". Specifically, a round table at which we are equals. We each pay our own way, voice our opinions, and respect each other. The only qualification for Mensa membership is that a person score at or above the 98th percentile on any one of several standardized tests. Testing is done in C&WM several times each year, or people can submit the results of previously-taken tests. Click on Joining Mensa to learn more.

Interested in joining? Talk to anyone on the Contact us tab. There are more details about Mensa at American Mensa's website.

We're basically a social group like any other social group.

We get together to meet old friends, make new friends, and have a good time.

What we don't do:

We don't get involved with political (or religious) issues or try to solve the world's problems. That's an individual's prerogative, not Mensa's. We don't pressure anyone to participate in an activity that they don't want to engage in. For example, many people drink only seltzer or soda at Happy Hours and parties. We don't say "I'll get the tab this time. You can pick it up next time." Each person pays his own way. Once in a great while, a Mensan may have a windfall or special event and feel like treating a group of people to dinner or some other activity. Repayment is never expected.

What we do do:

We do have some pretty regular activities we engage in. Let us know if you're interested through one of supplied contacts. You're welcome to attend many of these activities as a guest.

Once each year, we get together for a three-day party/seminar session known as a Regional Gathering (RG). A lot of Mensa chapters hold RGs; C&WM's is called MensAutumn.

Who are Connecticut & Western Massachusetts Mensans?

C&WM Mensa members are young, chronologically enhanced (think "Red Hat Society", but for both sexes!), and everywhere in between. We come from all social and economic backgrounds.

Where is Connecticut & Western Massachusetts Mensa?

We cover a lot of territory—all of CT except Fairfield County, plus the four western counties of Mass. If you would like to know how members are distributed throughout our dominion, click for a map of Connecticut or for a map of Massachusetts. Knowing some extra folks in your town could come in handy for a party, card game, etc. This list is dynamic and will be updated from time to time.

To learn more about our chapter, go to the Contact us tab. We'd love to hear from you!

Scholarship News

We are pleased to announce that our Chapter has awarded four $300 scholarships to the following deserving students:

  • Tiffany Yuh of New Milford, CT
  • Madonna Burns of New Britain, CT
  • Jacob Booth of Hampden, MA
  • Valaree DonFrancesco of New Milford, CT

Tiffany’s scholarship is funded by MERF, while the other three scholarships are funded by our Chapter’s scholarship fund. Congratulations!

MENSA admission testing

The Mensa Admission Tests are composed of two tests featuring questions involving logic and deductive reasoning. If you score at or above the 98th percentile on either of the two tests, you'll qualify and be invited to join Mensa. For brainy persons for whom English is a second language, or for highly intelligent dyslexic persons, we also occasionally offer the Culture Fair (non-language) tests which feature questions involving visual logic and deductive reasoning; these are not as dependent on English reading skills as the regular admissions tests. However, any applicants may choose to take the Culture Fair tests, whether or not they have special needs.

It is important to note that our tests are given for the purpose of admission into Mensa and not to provide an IQ score. A qualifying score indicates that you've tested at, or better than, 98 percent of the general population. American Mensa will release membership qualification only. No further information on test scores will be released.

We offer test sessions at various times and places (see box at right for info about current test!. The tests are administered locally, and then sent in to the Mensa national office for scoring. Results are usually sent out within 2–3 weeks. It is also possible to qualify for Mensa membership using previously taken test scores. For more information about this method of qualifying through the use of prior evidence, please visit To register for testing updates, goto and provide an email address.


Anyone seeking admission to Mensa is invited to attend, so bring a friend, or bring the family. Seating is limited, and will be granted first to those with reservations, based on the order in which people sign up, and then to walk-ins, in the order in which they arrive.

If you decide to take our admissions test, please bring: A valid photo ID giving proof of age and the $40 payment (plus any coupons or vouchers you intend to use). We accept cash, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover or checks made payable to American Mensa, Ltd. You can also pre-purchase a testing session online as well (Link:

You must be a US resident and at least 14 years old to take the test. If you are under 18, a parent should accompany you to the test site to fill out the required parental consent form. Everything else, pencils, scrap paper, test booklets, and answer sheets, will be provided for you there.  We also recommend getting a good night's sleep and a pleasant meal before arriving at the test site.

Contact our Testing Coordinator if you have any questions ( Further information on Mensa can be found at:  Additional information will accompany registration confirmations.

Curious to know more? Use the links below as a guide.


Tell me more about your local Mensa chapter.  

Can you help me with resources for gifted children?

I just became a member. Now what?? Is there an activity in my area?

I have other membership questions.

Tell me more about your annual Regional Gathering.

I would like to know more about your scholarship competition.
(Yes, it is open to non-members!) 

I am a Mensan from another chapter (or country) who will be travelling in Connecticut or Western Mass (SIGHT Coordinator/Hospitality).

I have questions about testing. When (or where) is the next test?
How can I sign up? 

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Upcoming membership tests!

Curious to see if YOU qualify for membership? Please contact our testing coordinator to make an appointment or for more information about our next testing sessions.

Sat., April 14; Groton, CT
Groton Public Library; 11:00 AM

Sat., April 21; Northampton, MA
Forbes Library; 10:00 AM

CWM Mensa wins Ruby Award!

We're pleased to report that at this year's Annual Gathering in San Diego, California, CWM Mensa was honored to receive a Ruby Award! This award recognizes our local groups' membership-related activities and its active participation in all that Mensa has to offer. If you're not a member, we hope you'll learn more and consider joining us!

CWM recognized with Ruby award!

Click here to learn more about the different jewel awards.

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