I’m no Einstein says girl, 11, with IQ of 162

An 11-year-old girl has been revealed as one of the smartest people in the UK after achieving the maximum score on a Mensa IQ test.

Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell said she was shocked to have got top marks, but pleased to have beaten her father.

The Year 6 primary school pupil scored 162 on the Cattell B scale, which gives her an IQ higher than Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking.

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Cerys, from Northampton, sat the supervised test on July 27 with her 45-year-old father Dean, a member of Mensa who has an IQ of 142.

They sat apart in the Milton Keynes test room but Cerys said she could see her father and joked he was the last to finish each section.

Her father, a lawyer, came out telling his wife Natalie, also a lawyer, he thought Cerys had “fluffed it” because of the speed in which she finished.

“When I was applying to Mensa he said ‘oh I’m already in Mensa, Cerys’, he was like showing off a bit, so it’s good that I got my own back on him,” she said.

Cerys, who is in the gifted and talented group at her school in Wellingborough, said it was not her IQ that counted but what she does with it and brushed off comparisons to Einstein and Hawking. “You can’t really compare me to Einstein because he’s already achieved so much, you can’t really judge someone on their potential,” she said.

Her 40-year-old mother added: “In order to transfer her natural intelligence to knowledge she’s got to be a bit more focused and we’ve got to educate her better.”