A "genius" score on the Mensa IQ test is a 140, and Einstein and Stephen Hawking both scored a 160. 12-year-old Nicole Barre from England recently scored a 162, putting her in the top one percent of the population.
A spokesperson for Mensa told the Western Daily Press that because scores are weighted for children, the highest possible score for adults is 161, and said, "While a score of 162 isn't exactly unknown, it is still quite rare." An average adult score is 100. Nicole's dad, Jim, took the test at the same time as Nicole, and she also scored significantly higher than he did.
Nicole's dad told Yahoo that he couldn't be prouder, and also said, "She was rubbing it in my face a bit. She obviously beat me by a long way."
Nicole, who also loves theater and is excited about her upcoming performance in a Shakespeare play, told The Mirror, "When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was shocked."
Her dad also told Yahoo that he's known Nicole was exceptional for a long time. "Before she was two, she was adding numbers up and doing calculations,” he said. “At two, she could use a Nintendo DS with absolute ease -- it would amaze family and friends how easily she could work anything technical.”
Nicole's Mom, Dolly Buckland, told The Mirror that "from a young age [Nicole has] been picking out mistakes in books and magazines," and said, "she's determined to finish school and go to college and university to be a pediatrician."
Go get 'em, girl.