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12-year-old girl scores 162 in the Mensa IQ test, beats Einstein and Hawking


A young girl in the UK has outperformed geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in a Mensa-supervised IQ test. Twelve-year-old Lydia Sebastian from Essex took the test in an attempt to enter the society, which only accepts the top 2 percent of IQs, and scored 162 – the maximum possible score for people under 18 years old. Einstein never took a modern IQ test, but it’s believed that he had an IQ of 160, the same score as Hawking.

Only 1 percent of those who sit the Mensa test achieve the maximum mark, and the average score is 100. A ‘genius’ test score is generally considered to be anything over 140.

This is the second time in a month that a young female has outperformed some of the best minds in science – 12-year-old Nicole Barr, also from the UK, achieved the same score in August – and it’s pretty encouraging news that shows age isn’t a limiter for intelligence.

However, its also important to note that IQ tests, or intelligence quotient tests, are notoriously bad at determining how smart someone really is. Neuroscientists have shown that while the tests can adequately measure memory, mathematical ability, verbal reasoning, and logic, they’re not great at predicting overall intelligence, which requires the interaction of several brain regions at once.


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