12-year-old girl outsmarts Albert Einstein with best IQ score


Lydia Sebastian
Lydia Sebastian

An incredible schoolgirl has outwitted geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking to gain a perfect score in a Mensa IQ test, reports The Guardian.

The spark smart Lydia Sebastian had asked her parents for an entire year to let her take the test paper, eventually sitting the exam during her school holidays.

Her determination paid off, with Lydia scoring 162 – the maximum possible result on the test paper – a score which beat two of world’s famous physicists, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, who both achieved 160.

The assessment primarily measures verbal reasoning ability.

Lydia, who is about to go into her second year at Colchester County High School for Girls, said the paper challenged her language skills, including analogies, definitions and her sense of logic.

She 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.”

But she finished it with minutes to spare at London’s Birkbeck College.

Proud dad Arun, a radiologist at Colchester General Hospital, said his wife encouraged Lydia to do the tests after she had spent a year talking about them.

“When I heard she had the maximum possible mark, I was overwhelmed and so was my wife,” he said. “Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking got an IQ of 160. To be honest, I didn’t really believe it.”

Lydia, the only child in her family, has been playing the violin since four and started talking at the age of just six months.

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