After taking a Mensa test, an 11-year-old girl from Amersham has been revealed to have a higher IQ than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Anika Narang received a score of 162 on the test – two above the renowned physicists, Einstein and Hawking.
Mensa is the oldest and largest high-IQ society in the world. The test determines overall cognitive ability by assigning individuals an IQ score, with 100 being the population average. Those with an IQ in the top two per cent are eligible to join Mensa.
Anika told AMERSHAMnews: “This by far has been the proudest moment of my life.”
Anika developed a keen interest in non-verbal reasoning (NVR), which is the knowledge of codes, shapes and patterns. This inspired her to take the British Mensa test.
She said: “The paper challenged NVR and some sections of verbal reasoning, which were tricky, and the time limit was mind-boggling. I had around four minutes for 15 questions in one section, testing both speed and accuracy.”
Anika aspires to be a doctor and pursue a profession in medicine, having been inspired by the tireless work of NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic over the previous two years.
Following a gruelling three-year long preparation, the schoolgirl has recently finished her 11+ entrance examinations for secondary school and achieved outstanding results, landing a place in some of the top schools in the country.
She has received confirmed offers from the Henrietta Barnett School, Latymer School, St Paul’s Girls’ School, City of London School for Girls, and North London Collegiate School.