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It's a genius idea - for geniuses.

Online dating site Match.com is teaming up with Mensa, a high-IQ membership organization, to connect really, really smart people.

Only users who fulfill Mensa requirements by testing in the 98th percentile on an IQ test can sign up for the exclusive dating website launched this week.

Mensa Match members will be linked up with other Mensa members, as well as with other Match members, said John McGill, national marketing director for American Mensa.

"Meeting people at a higher intellectual level can really enhance your relationships," McGill said.

American Mensa has more than 57,000 members and an estimated 6 million Americans are eligible for membership, according to the organization's website.

Scott Porter, who has signed up for Mensa Match, said he joined the organization to meet people, and Mensa Match seems like a natural extension of that.

"I've hit walls in relationships where I got to the point of, What are we going to talk about next?" said Scott Porter, who has signed up for Mensa Match.

He said he's noticed that intelligent people are generally curious. "If you get someone who's curious, you can probably always find something to talk about."

Brainpower is important to most, according to Match, which reports 80% of singles said dating someone of the same intelligence is a "must have" or "very important."

Intelligence also correlates with other benefits, like a higher income, sense of humor and creativity, said Helen Fisher, chief scientific adviser for Match, in a statement.

"People everywhere gravitate to smart lovers, because an intelligent partner comes with a host of sexy perks," Fisher said.

If you're not in Mensa, you can take the practice test for $1 through July 6 to find out if you're smart enough for this dating service.

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