Another young girl in the UK has outdone geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in a Mensa-administered IQ test. Twelve-year-old Lydia Sebastian from Essex took part the test in an attempt to enter the Mensa society, which only agree to take the top 2 percent of IQs, and scored 162 - the maximum probable score for people under 18 years old. Einstein never took a present IQ test, but it's supposed that he had an IQ of 160, just the same score as Hawking. Just 1 percent of those who sit the Mensa test attain the maximum mark, and the normal score is 100. A 'genius' test score is usually considered to be somewhat over 140. This is the second time that a young female has outclassed some of the finest minds in science. However, it’s also essential to note that IQ tests, or intelligence measure tests, are extremely bad at determining how smart someone actually is.
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Neuroscientists have revealed that while the tests can satisfactorily measure memory, mathematical aptitude, verbal reasoning, and logic, they're not best at guessing overall intelligence, which necessitates the communication of numerous brain parts at once. Amanda Potter, a psychologist from the British Psychological Society told The Guardian "While having a sufficient cognitive ability or IQ is important for any individual to succeed, both emotional intelligence and social intelligence are also critical. We test IQ because we want to understand to what extent will they have learning agility and be able to take on new information, deal with ambiguity and complexity and think on their feet."
Still, it's a quite remarkable result for someone so young. Lydia told The Guardian "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."
The Mensa IQ test is divided into two pieces that measure people's intellectual skills with reading comprehension and graphic questions. Even though the maximum score for under-18s is 162, adults can only obtain a maximum score of 161.
There's no word as yet on whether Lydia will become part of Mensa, but Nicole, the other 12-year-old to obtain the maximum score previously this year, has now been admitted. We can't wait to see what surprises the future holds for these intelligent young girls.