Arnav Sharma, an 11-year-old resident of Reading town in southern England has scored a whopping 162 points on a Mensa IQ test, the highest score possible.
What is more impressive about Arnav’s score is that he has outscored two of the most brilliant people who have ever lived, Albert Einstein And Stephen Hawking.
The 11-year-old born to Indian origin parents outperformed Einstein by two points, with zero preparation and had never seen what a typical paper looked like before taking it.
His mark in the exam, which primarily measures verbal reasoning ability, puts him in the top one percent of the nation in terms of IQ level, The Independent reported.
“The Mensa test is quite hard and not many people pass it so do not expect to pass,” Sharma said.
“I took the exam at the Salvation centre and it took about two and a half hours,” he recalled, adding there were about seven or eight people there. A couple were children but the rest were adults, Indian time reports.
Sharma 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 were surprised but they were also very happy when I told them about the result.”
Meesha Dhamija Sharma, his mother, said she kept her “fingers crossed” for the whole exam.
“I was thinking what is going to happen because you never know and he had never seen what a paper looks like,” she explained.
“At one-and-a-half years old I took him to India for a holiday to see his grandparents, his grandmother told me about him and said Arnav is going to do very well with his studies,” she said.
It was not until he was two-and-a-half years old that she became aware of his mathematical powers.
“He was counting up to more than 100. That was when I stopped teaching him because I came to know that there is no end to his numbers,” she said.
When asked about whether there was anyone else in the family with an unusually high IQ, she could not recall anyone, adding: “His dad is quite clever as well but not as clever.”
Mensa is believed to be the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2 per cent of the population, measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process.
It was founded in 1946 in Oxford by Lancelot Lionel Ware, a scientist and lawyer, and Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, but the organisation later spread around the world.
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