Schoolgirl, 12, admitted to Mensa after intelligence test revealed she has ‘higher IQ than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking’
A 12-year-old girl has been admitted to Mensa after an intelligence test showed she has a higher IQ than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Anwita Patil, from Sale, Greater Manchester, achieved a score of 162, the highest possible score in her age group, surpassing scientists believed to have an IQ of around 160.
Speak against Manchester evening newsAnwita’s parents said they were amazed at their daughter’s natural intelligence as she grew up.
Her mother Anu, who has a PhD in mathematics, said: ‘We used to do math challenges together, but sometimes I wouldn’t get the answer and (Anwita) would.
“She thinks very differently, and this is for things that aren’t taught in school.”
Anwita Patil, 12, from Sale, was admitted to Mensa after an intelligence test showed she has a higher IQ than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking
Anwita took two tests when she was 11, which analyzed her language skills and lateral thinking, as well as her visual and spatial awareness.
After getting a maximum score in one of the tests, she qualified to join Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ association in the world, which only accepts those who can prove they have an IQ in the upper two percent of the population.
Her mother and her father, Jay, an NHS consultant, said they were not surprised that their young daughter was eligible to join, but had no idea she would pass with the highest possible score.
But the child genius does not spend all her time solving math problems and likes to play the piano and also learns Bharatanatyam – a classical Indian dance form.
She celebrated her amazing results by having a gathering with friends and family shortly after she turned 12.
Jay explained that his daughter, a student at Withington Girls’ School, wants to use her intelligence to solve global problems.
He explained: ‘Anwita is very fascinated by the practical applications of mathematics in various subjects, be it science, engineering or computers.
‘Anwita hopes that she can use her skills and experience to help solve societal challenges in the future.’
The schoolgirl, who was 11 when she took the test, scored 162, while Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are believed to have an IQ of around 160.
Her parents took her for an intelligence test after she had math problems that her mother, who had a PhD in the subject, couldn’t answer
She now joins 18,000 other members of Mensa in the UK and Ireland, which aims to provide its members with a ‘stimulating intellectual and social environment’.
Founded in 1946 in Oxford by Lancelot Lionel Ware, a scientist and lawyer, and Roland Berrill, an Australian lawyer, the organization encourages people of lively mind to connect with each other at events, meetings or by chatting online.
Members are asked to prove their IQ, with the average adult having an IQ of 100 and a score above 140 being considered that of a genius.
One of the tests, the Cattell III B, has 150 questions that assess comprehension through passages of text.
The maximum possible score is 161 for adults and 162 for under-18s.
How do you know if your child is ‘gifted’?
A “gifted” child has an IQ in the top five percent of the population. They can exhibit the following behavior:
- Passing Intellectual Milestones Early
- Unusual hobbies or interests or a thorough knowledge of certain subjects
- Intolerance to other children
- Awareness of world events
- Set impossibly high standards for yourself
- Prefers to spend time with adults or in solitary pursuits
- Asks questions all the time
- Sense of humor developed
- Makes up additional rules for games
- Can be extroverted or introverted