An eleven year old Indian-origin boy, Arnav Sharma, residing in the UK has scored the top possible score of 162, on a Mensa IQ test. The genius benchmark is set at 140. Infact, the Indian-boy scored two points higher than geniuses Albert Einstein who was German-born theoretical physicist and Stephen Hawking who was well known cosmologist. The score has made him one of the brainiest children in the country. “The Mensa test is quite hard and not many people pass it so do not expect to pass,” says the Indian-origin boy.
Importantly, Arnav had never seen such a typical paper before taking the test. With no preparation at all for the infamously difficult test, Arnav Sharma, from Reading town in Southern England was able to achieve a score of 162 – the maximum possible result one can achieve on the paper.
Arnav’s marks in the exams primarily measure his verbal reasoning ability test which put this young boy in the top 1% of the nation in terms of IQ level.
The Indian-origin boy, with his tremendous memory skills and verbal reasoning ability insisted he was not anxious before sitting for the test, saying “I had no preparation at all for the exam but I was not nervous. My family was surprised but they were also very happy when I told them about the result”.
Mensa, founded in 1946 in Oxford, is considered as the largest and oldest high IQ society globally. Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2% of the population, measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process.