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Girl, 12, Achieves Maximum Mensa IQ Test Score

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Lydia Sebastian from Essex has joined the one per cent of all entrants to attain the highest mark in the Cattell III B paper supervised by Mensa, the society for people with high IQs.

“12-year-old Indian-origin girl from Essex, Lydia Sebastian has achieved the maximum score in the Mensa IQ test. She scored 162, the maximum score for under-18s. Both Hawking and Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160.

Lydia completed the Cattell III B paper supervised by Mensa, the society for people with high IQs, with minutes to spare at Birkbeck College, London. The paper with150 questions challenged her language skills, including analogies and definitions, and her sense of logic.” said indianexpress.com

In an interview with The Guardian, Lydia, who was competing with much older people during this IQ test, 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.”

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“Lydia, a student of Colchester County High School in Essex, was born to Arun Sebastian, a radiologist at Colchester General Hospital, and Erika Kottiath, associate director at Barclays Bank.

A proud father said his wife encouraged Lydia to do the tests during her school holidays after she’d spent a year talking about them. “When I heard she had the maximum possible mark, I was overwhelmed and so was my wife. Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking got an IQ of 160. To be honest, I didn’t really believe it.”

Lydia has read all seven of the Harry Potter books three times. She has been playing the violin since the age of four. She started talking at the age of six months.” said indianexpress.com

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