Recently, when an 11-year-old Indian-origin girl in the UK has achieved the top possible score of 162 on an IQ test of MENSA, the society representing people with high IQs, she eventually became one of the brainiest students in the country.
Her father Binoy Joseph, a Kerala-born IT consultant, said he always knew his daughter was smart but hadn't realised quite how remarkable. "She loves reading quite advanced books and she memorises a lot of what she reads, so I knew she was pretty special but I was amazed when we got the results back. We're very proud of her", said the proud father. Hailing from Kottayam district, Kerala, Anushka's family has been living in Isleworth in London since 2007.
Earlier in the month of September, another Indian-origin girl Lydia Sebastian from Essex has joined the top 1% of all entrants to attain the highest mark in the Cattell III B paper supervised by MENSA. Lydia's father, Arun Sebastian, a radiologist at Colchester general hospital, said his daughter "had looked at the websites for the IQ tests herself and had shown an interest in them and talked to my wife about them."
These two Indian-origin girls, Anushka Binoy and Lydia Sebastian have joined the top 1% of all entrants to attain the highest mark in the Cattell III B paper supervised by MENSA, outwitting physicists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Importantly, both Hawking and Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160. Cattell III B has 150 questions, often assessing comprehension through passages of texts, while the maximum score that can be achieved is 161 for adults, and 162 for candidates’ under-18s. A MENSA spokesperson said since it did not maintain a record of members' IQs, therefore it is presently not possible to say how rare an achievement is, but it is certainly "exceptional".
MENSA is considered to be the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. The membership is open to all British citizens, who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2% of the UK population, evaluated by an approved IQ testing process.