ESSEX –– A 12-year-old girl who had an inkling she might be quite clever has taken a test and proved she was absolutely right.
Lydia Sebastian achieved the top score of 162 on Mensa’s Cattell III B paper, suggesting she has a higher IQ than well-known geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
The comparison doesn’t sit well with the British student, who’s currently in Year 8 at Colchester County high school, a selective girl’s grammar school in Essex, England.
“I don’t think I can be compared to such great intellectuals such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. They’ve achieved so much. I don’t think it’s right,” Lydia told CNN.
Lydia sat the test in her summer holidays, after raising the idea with her parents and pestering them for the best part of a year.
It turns out the test wasn’t that hard after all.
“I was really nervous before the test and I thought it was going to be really hard. But as I started the test, I thought it was a bit easier than I thought it was going to be,” she said.
Lydia’s not quite sure what she wants to do when she leaves school, although she’s leaning toward something “based around maths, because it’s one of my favorite subjects”.
“All I’m going to do is work as hard as I can, and see where that gets me,” she said.
To put Lydia’s mark in perspective, the top adult score in the Cattell III B test, which primarily tests verbal reasoning, is 161. A top two per cent score –– which allows entry to Mensa, the club for those with high IQs –– would be 148 or over. Lydia scored 162, placing her in the top one per cent of the population.