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How old do you have to be to join Mensa?


In 2020 a 3-year-old English boy became the youngest current member of Mensa, the world’s oldest and largest society for individual­s with a high IQ. Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, whom his mother describes as “very much your typical 3-year-old,” received the invitation after scoring 142 on the Stanfordbi­net intelligen­ce assessment. A score above 145 is considered genius or near-genius. Muhammad became the youngest current Mensa member, but he’s not the youngest-ever. Georgia Brown, also of England, joined in 2007 when she was 2 years and 9 months old after scoring 152 points. Her mom insisted she would have done better if she hadn’t needed a nap after concentrat­ing for 45 minutes. The youngest-ever member was a boy several days younger than Georgia when he joined Mensa in the 1990s.

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