BRAINY: Kashmea Wahi
Two 11-year-olds have achieved the top possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, making them among the brainiest students in the country.
Anushka Binoy and Kashmea Wahi have 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.
Both the youngsters achieved the top score of 162 out of 162, putting them in the league of scientists Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking.
Proud father Binoy Joseph said he always knew his daughter was smart but hadn’t realised quite how remarkable she was.
“She loves reading quite advanced books and she memorises a lot of what she reads, so I knew she was pretty special but I was amazed when we got the results back. We are very proud of Anushka,” he said.
Wahi, daughter of IT management consultants Vikas and Pooja at Deutsche Bank in London, took the test to prove a point to her parents.
“It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like myself to be able to get into the league of such legends. Anyways, I am buzzing with excitement,” Wahi said.
Her parents added: “We are ecstatic at Kashmea’s Mensa achievement. Although we always believed she had the intellectual prowess, the acknowledgment is reassuring that she does possess the ability, the energy which if well channelled, can lead to something wonderful.”
Mensa is believed to be the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top two per cent of the population, measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process.