12-year-old girl, Lydia Sebastian, achieved the highest score possible, scoring 162 on Mensa’s Cattell III B paper.

The testing results suggest Sebastian has a higher IQ than well-known geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.


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Lydia sat the test in her summer holidays, after raising the idea with her parents and pestering them for the best part of a year. It turns out the test wasn’t that hard after all. “I was really nervous before the test and I thought it was going to be really hard. But as I started the test, I thought it was a bit easier than I thought it was going to be,” she said. Lydia’s not quite sure what she wants to do when she leaves school, although she’s leaning toward something “based around maths, because it’s one of my favorite subjects, all I’m going to do is work as hard as I can, and see where that gets me,” she said. h/t pix11

To put Lydia’s score in perspective, the top adult score in the Cattell III B test, which primarily tests verbal reasoning, is 161. A top 2 percent score — which allows entry to Mensa, the club for those with high IQs — would be 148 or over. Lydia scored 162, placing her in the top 1 percent of the population.