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EDUCATION: Invicta schoolgirl scores top mark in Mensa IQ test

Thursday 10th December 2020

A SCHOOLGIRL has achieved the maximum score in a Mensa IQ test at just 11 years old.

Elaina Jinu Paddy, a pupil at Invicta Grammar School, travelled to London for two-and-a-half hours of testing.

She is now one of the youngest people to gain entry to the world famous high-IQ society.

After gaining the maximum score of 162, Elaina is in the top 99.998 percentile of test takers in IQ across the world.

Mum Swapna, a research scientist, said: “It was Elaina’s sister, Hannah, who initially encouraged her to take the Mensa test.

“She wanted to do it as soon as she turned 10 and a half, which is the minimum age, but her test got postponed due to the pandemic.”

Elaina said: “I kind of just did the test for fun, I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself to pass or anything. I just wanted to see what I could do. The first section was timed and there were questions based on shapes and patterns. I want to go to university to read law and one day go into forensics.”

Invicta Grammar School headteacher Julie Derrick said: “We are extremely proud of Elaina. This is a huge achievement and testament to her ongoing hard work and commitment to learning. “Elaina is a lovely student and thoroughly deserves to do well.

"I have no doubt that she will continue to blossom throughout her journey at Invicta Grammar School.”

Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organisation open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher in its intelligence test. The society has around 120,000 members world-wide