A 12-year-old girl from Essex has achieved the maximum score in a Mensa IQ test.
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.
Luckily Lydia scored a maximum 162 and sailed straight through after she took the test during the summer holidays.
She sat the 150-minute exam – which tests language and logic – at London’s Birkbeck Hall and had minutes to spare after finishing.
Lydia, from Langham, 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 really.”
Lydia, who is to start her second year at Colchester County high school for girls, had been begging her parents to let her take the test for a whole year.
Her 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, so she said: ‘Why don’t you go ahead with them?’
“She was talking about it for over a year. When I heard she had the maximum possible mark, I was overwhelmed, and so was my wife.”
Lydia, who is an only child, started talking at just six months old and has been playing the violin since age four.
There’s tough competition out there, however – another 12-year-old from Essex, Nicole Barr, achieved a perfect mark in the test this year as did 14-year-old Charlotte Frazer-Morris from Walsall.
Lydia joins Nicole Barr, a 12-year-old from Harlow, Essex, as well as Aahil Jouher, a 10-year-old from Blackburn, in achieving perfect Mensa scores this year.
Notable names who are part of Mensa include TV presenter Carol Vorderman, model Laura Shields, footballer Andy Harris, journalist Bill Buckley and Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse.
A report of the IQ scores of famous people has recently been released and perhaps offers some insight into the inner workings of those people. Here goes a partial list of the scores:
Johann Sebastian Bach’s IQ was 165
Geena Davis’ IQ is 140
George W. Bush’s IQ is 125
Jodie Foster’s IQ is 132
Stephen Hawking’s IQ is 160
Nicole Kidman’s IQ is 132
Jayne Mansfield’s IQ is 149
Steve Martin’s IQ is 142
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s IQ is 135
Shakira’s IQ is 140
OJ Simpson’s IQ is 89
Britney Spears’ IQ is 104
Sharon Stone’s IQ is 154
Marilyn Vos Savant’s IQ is 228
Asia Carrera’s Iq Is 156
So could you pass the exacting exam?
Try these Mensa questions to find out. Answers below – no peeking!
1: What is the 4-digit number in which the first digit is one fifth of the last, and the second and third digits are the last digit multiplied by 3? (Hint: The sum of all digits is 12.)
2. Rearrange the letters of DUE CROP to give a word with a similar meaning. What is it?
3. Tabitha likes cookies but not cake. She likes mutton but not lamb, and she likes okra but not squash. Following the same rule, will she like cherries or pears?
4. Jane went to visit Jill. Jill is Jane’s only husband’s mother-in-law’s only husband’s only daughter’s only daughter. What relation is Jill to Jane?
5. In a race, Jerry was neither first nor last. Janet beat Jerry. Jerry beat Pat. Charlie was neither first nor last. Charlie beat Rachel. Pat beat Charlie. Who came in last?
6. Add together three of the following numbers each time to reach a total of 60. How many different combinations are there?
2 3 5 10 15 20 25 50
3.Cherries (Tabitha likes food with only two syllables).
4. Jane’s daughter (Jane’s mother’s husband is Jane’s father, his daughter is Jane, and Jill is her daughter).
6. Four (20, 20, 20)(25, 20, 15)(25, 25, 10)(50, 5, 5)