An 11-year-old Indian-origin schoolgirl, Jiya Vaducha has secured the highest possible marks on a British MENSA test and was invited into the elite Mensa membership club of children with a high IQ. She has scored the highest possible marks of 162 on the Cattell III B paper recently. She had appeared for the Mensa test at Birbeck in the University of London.
The Indian-Origin girl said that she was the youngest in the room when she attended the Mensa exam. Mensa is the world's largest and oldest high IQ society. It has members from more than 100 countries currently.
Jiya's mother Bijal is an accountant while her father Jignesh is a software entrepreneur. The parents are elated at the result of their daughter. Jignesh who is from Navi Mumbai went to the UK as a student in 2002. Bijal who is from Kandivli joined him in 2005. Jignesh said that while the family knew Jiya would do well in the test, they did not expect her to get the top result. Jignesh said, "We hope she will do something meaningful with her life”.
MENSA membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2%, either through the society's own supervised test or on the evidence of a psychologist's report. Anyone over the age of ten and a half can take the Mensa Supervised IQ test. Her score is well above the 'genius' score of 140 and two points higher than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. While 162 is the highest score possible on this test, that does not mean it is impossible to be any brighter, British MENSA explained. It is not a percentage score, but a measurement on a scale. It simply means that the people who devised the test do not believe the differences in ability above that level can be meaningfully measured by this test.
The organisation, however, clarified that the tendency to compare such achievements with scientists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking is flawed because there is no evidence that either geniuses ever took a similar test.