A 12-year-old daughter of migrant Roma workers in England is raising the bar on human intelligence, much to the delight of her family and community.
As the Western Daily Press reports, pre-teen Nicole Barr of Essex aced her IQ test with a perfect score of 162.
Essex’s score surpasses the wits of noted geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking and places her among the top 1% of the population. According to NY Daily News, the average IQ score for adults is 100, and anything higher 140 is considered genius level.
Nicole told the Western Daily: “When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was so shocked.”
Essex took the Mensa IQ test with her father James Barr, 36, who intuitively felt she’d be accepted into the illustrious society for intellects who score in the 98th percentile.
He told Yahoo Parenting:
“She’s always loved numbers and puzzles, and she’s always been excellent at math, performing several years ahead of her age group in school. She likes challenging herself.”
The pre-teen lives in a Gypsy caravan with her father and baby half-sister. Her proud father said her academic achievement has been the talk of community, also known as Roma.
“It’s nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change. This shows that it doesn’t matter where you come from, anyone can be academically brilliant,” her father said.
Nicole has always been more academically mature than her fellow peers. Even in elementary school, she could calculate complex algebra before she was 10.
Presently, Essex attends Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow where she acts in school plays and hopes to be a doctor one day.
“Nicole is a brilliant pupil,” said Helena Mills, head of Burnt Mill Academy. “She works incredibly hard and has thrown herself into many different activities in her first year with us.”
The amazing feat is definitely something to be proud of. According to Ann Clarkson, a Mensa spokeswoman, “Only 110,000 members worldwide have been accepted into the exclusive Mensa society; 20,000 are from the British Isles, 35% of its members are female and only 8% are younger than 16.”
Only children are able to score higher than 161 because that is the maximum IQ score for an adult. “The test is age-dated for children,” she said.
Unsurprisingly, child geniuses are academically mature for their age, are well-versed in a particular subject, have an incredible memory and prefer spending time with older people.
With the ability to access unlimited information at one’s whim, no doubt many more children and teens will be deemed geniuses before the century is over.
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