A 10-year-old Indian boy from London has scored higher than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein on the Mensa's Cattell III B Paper. Dhruv Talati scored 162 in July as against Hawking and Einstein's 160.
The youngster, who attends Fullwood Primary School in Barkingside, Ilford, now joins an exclusive list – only one per cent of people who take the test achieve the highest score possible. "The test was not that difficult, but the time made it a challenge," Dhruv said after the test.
Dhruv is also a very talented tennis and cricket player. At the age of 5, he was selected to play and train at LTA's Compete Tennis, one of the 19 High Performance Centre's for Tennis in the UK. He took up cricket at the age of 9 years and at the age of 10, he was selected to play for Metropolitan Essex District. He dreams to be a Robotics expert and a cricketer.
His mother, who is a teacher by profession, said, "I am very proud of Dhruv's result. He did very well in the grammar school exams too this year, despite some family challenges we had and despite the fact he plays two sports, which eats so much into his study time." His father, who is an Investment Banking Consultant, said, "It was a complete surprise! Did not expect Dhruv to get that score! He was so busy with this cricket that he had not prepared for it. This is an eye-opener for me. I will make every effort to encourage his talent."
Mensa is the oldest and largest high IQ society in the world. Mensa has 110,000 members worldwide, including 20,000 in the British Isles. Only eight per cent of members are under 16 and just 35 per cent are female. The Cattell III B has 150 questions which assess comprehension through passages of texts.
The maximum possible score is 161 for adults, and 162 for under-18s. Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are said to have scored 160 each.