An 11-year-old Indian origin boy in the U.K. has secured the top possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, two points higher than that of geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, making him one of the brainiest children in the country.
Arnav Sharma, from Reading town in southern England, passed the infamously difficult test a few weeks back with zero preparation and had never seen what a typical paper looked like before taking it.
His mark in the exam, which primarily measures verbal reasoning ability, puts him in the top one per cent of the nation in terms of IQ level, The Independent reported.
“The Mensa test is quite hard and not many people pass it so do not expect to pass,” Arnav said. “I took the exam at the Salvation centre and it took about two and a half hours,” he said, adding that there were about seven or eight people there. A couple were children but the rest were adults.
Calm before test
Arnav insisted that he was not anxious before sitting for the test, saying “I had no preparation at all for the exam but I was not nervous. My family were surprised but they were also very happy when I told them about the result.”
His mother, Meesha Dhamija Sharma, said she kept her “fingers crossed” for the exam. “I was thinking what is going to happen because you never know and he had never seen what a paper looks like,” she said.
“At one-and-a-half years, I took him to India for a holiday to see his grandparents. His grandmother told me Arnav was going to do very well in his studies,” she said.
However, it was not until he was two-and-a-half years old that she became aware of his mathematical prowess. “He was counting up to more than 100. That was when I stopped teaching him because I came to know that there is no end to his numbers,” she said.
When asked about whether there was anyone else in the family with an unusually high IQ, she could recall one. “His dad is quite clever as well but not as clever,” she said.
Arnav, who attends the Crossfields School on the outskirts of Reading, has been selected for Eton College and Westminster.
Source: The Hindu