'Genius' city schoolgirl, 10, named Mensa mastermind after recording highest possible IQ score

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A primary schoolgirl has achieved the highest possible score in a Mensa IQ test – beating Albert Einstein and the late Stephen Hawking.

Freya Mangotra, from Moseley, sat the test the when she was 10 and a half in October – the youngest allowed.

Einstein is believed he have had an IQ of 160, the same as the late Hawking.

Proud dad Kuldeep Kumar said Freya’s result of 162 in the Cattell III B test – which examines verbal reasoning – means his only child is officially ‘a genius’ according to officials at Mensa.

“They said it’s the highest you can get under the age of 18,” said Dr Kumar, a psychiatrist.

Freya Mangotra with dad Kuldeep Kumar and mum Gulshan Tajuria.
Freya Mangotra with dad Kuldeep Kumar and mum Gulshan Tajuria.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on her but we knew from an early age, two or three, that she was gifted.

“She grasps things very fast. She can concentrate very quickly and remember things – she only needs to read or do something once to remember.

“We are blessed.”

Her proud dad says she is also a voracious reader just like he and his wife, Dr Gulshan Tajuriahe, who is currently studying for a PhD in child development.

The family is often to be found with their heads buried in books at home with the TV on in the background.

The dad saud when his talented daughter was just eight they had competed to see who could read all of the seven Harry Potter books first.

“She beat me,” he chuckled.

“We have to put a limit on her and say at 10pm she has to stop reading. But she doesn’t need lots of sleep, she’s up easily at 6.30am for school.”

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Freya’s hobbies are impressive – she’s a black belt in Taekwondo and also enjoys writing stories, drama and chess.

Swimming and Bollywood dancing are a passion and the superstar does an activity every day of the week.

And what does the child genius want to be when she grows up?

“It changes,” laughs Dr Kumar. “She wanted to be a doctor but then went off it.


“She wants to write, she likes stories but she also wanted to become a film director.

“She’s in the drama club at school and she directs plays at home. She’s still very young though.”

Currently, Freya is a pupil at the Blue Coat School in Edgbaston where she is Head Girl.

But the impressive Mensa score is the icing on the cake for the close-knit family as Freya has also been offered a scholarship to top private school, King Edward VI High School for Girls’ in Edgbaston.

She has also passed the entrance exam to King Edward VI Camphill School for Girls’ in Kings Heath.

Freya Manjotra has a range of interests including playing with Lego
Freya Manjotra has a range of interests including playing with Lego

 

About Mensa

The society was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer.

They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.

It’s official objectives are:

* to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members

* to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity

* to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence

British Mensa has more than 20,000 members with IQs in the top two per cent.

It has about 1,700 members under the age of 18.

The average adult has an IQ of 100, while a score above 140 is considered to be that of a genius.

Mensa has 110,000 members worldwide. Eight per cent of members are under 16 and 35 per cent are female.

The maximum possible score is 161 for adults, and 162 for under-18s.

Mensa
Mensa

The current youngest member is four years old. The youngest-ever member was two years and four months old at the time of joining.

Famous Mensa members include TV presenters Carol Vorderman, Bill Buckley and Debbie Flint as well as author Zoe Barnes and model and former Miss Rochdale Laura Shields.

Journalist Garry Bushell and US actress Geena Davis are also members along with footballers Andy Harris (Leyton Orient) and Joey Beauchamp (Oxford United).

The only way to join is to prove your IQ.

Mensa’s members use the society to share their knowledge and interests with like-minded people.

The cost of taking a Mensa test is £24.95.

Are you a genius? Find out with this fun quiz here.

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