Nicole Barr, whose parents are migrant Roma workers and live with a travelling community in Essex, has achieved a score of 162 on the MENSA IQ test, grouping her in the top 1% of the population. And to top that, she is only 12 years old. The average IQ score for adults is 100, and any score over 140 is considered genius level, according to the NY Daily News.
“ When I found I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was so shocked”, she told the Western Daily. Her score rivals that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Of the 110,000 MENSA members worldwide, only 35% are females, and only 8% of all members are below sixteen years old. So Nicole is in a very exceptional league.
Barr’s father, James, 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.” He took the test along with his daughter and knew she would do exceptionally well. She finished the test way ahead of him.
Nicole attends the Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow, Essex. But after her high score in the MENSA IQ exam, she took part in the Roma Youth Empowerment conference and was celebrated for her success. She was also noticed by Oxford University, and was later invited to meet tutors. She hopes to be a doctor someday.
“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,” James Barr proudly adds. Surely Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking would have agreed.
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