An 11-year-old, Jiya Vaducha, from Pinnerwood School, has scored the highest possible marks in the Mensa IQ Test. Scoring an astonishing 162, Jiya is now in the top 1 % of the population, putting her well above the ‘High IQ benchmark’ of 140.
Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. The basic principle behind the formation of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. Although, both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking have never officially had their IQ tested but are widely believed to have the equivalent score of 160- two points less than Jiya.
“It was a two and a half hour test, comprising of non-verbal and verbal questions. I am very pleased with my results and look forward to joining the Mensa Society and meeting other members at the organisation’s gathering,” Jiya said.
“We are very proud of Jiya, and this achievement could not have come at a better time. Jiya has been on a roller coaster ride with her secondary school admissions.
“She was accepted at her first choice school and later her offer was withdrawn after a few days due to an administration error at the super selective renowned grammar school. This had affected Jiya’s confidence and hope this achievement will make her believe in herself again,” said her mum Bijal.