A 12-year-old girl of Indian origin has joined the ranks of Mensa after attaining a higher Intelligence Quotient (IQ) score than great minds. Joining the 1% of those who have obtained the highest marks in the exam, British schoolgirl Lydia Sebastian scored the maximum that is 162 in the mental ability test.
With this score, Sebastian, who completed the 150-question Cattell III B paper that primarily measures verbal reasoning ability during her school holidays, has created a record as the IQ score of Einstein and Hawking were 160. She said, "At first, I was really nervous but once I started, it was much easier than I expected it to be and then I relaxed. I gave it my best shot."
AdvertisementBorn to 43-year-old Arun, a radiologist at Colchester General Hospital, and mother Erika Kottiath, an associate director at Barclays Bank, Lydia started reading books when she was just a few years old. Hailing from the south Indian state of Kerala and settled in Langham, Essex in the United Kingdom, Lydia's parents, are astonished with the achievement of their daughter.
They said, "They really have done nothing special with her as they have fairly laid-back view about education." Lydia, who is about to start year eight at Colchester County High school for girls, has read all the seven Harry Potter books three times and played the violin since age four. Lydia's favorite subjects include maths and physics. She is now applying to join the Mensa society.