An 11-year-old schoolboy achieved 162 on a Mensa brain test, the highest possible score. Owen Dunn, who is from Ingleby Barwick in North Yorkshire, England, is believed to have a higher IQ than Albert Einstein.
“We are so proud. It is such a phenomenal achievement,” Clare, Owen’s mom said in an article by the Business Standard. Owen scored a perfect 162 in the notoriously difficult Mensa IQ test in February after being recommended to take the exam by his school.“On the day he sat the test, the people there commented how young he was, and then a week later we got the results. Owen found out at school and he was allowed to ring to let me know,” Clare said. ”I didn’t think it had gone well – I thought I had done awful. I was shocked but happy when I found out,” Owen said.
Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2 per cent of the population, measured by a recognized or approved IQ testing process. But Owen has landed himself a place in the top 1 percent with his score. Although Einstein never took an IQ test as none of the modern intelligence tests existed during the course of his life, experts believe he had an IQ of around 160.
He explains the testing process: “There were two tests, one where we had to answer 20 questions in three minutes and a then the two-hour test.”Mrs. Dent, Owen’s old primary school teacher also shared that her child could be President one day. “But I guess when you only have the one child, you don’t have anything to compare them to so we just thought it was the norm,” Clare added. Clare shared that when Owen was younger, he was an “early talker” and that he had an affinity for reading and books. Bedtime stories and nursery rhymes have been always the norm during bedtime.“We are so proud. It is such a phenomenal achievement,” said Owen’s mom Clare, 45. Owen had sat a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) when he joined Ingleby Manor Free School in September last year, and when his score was “off the chart”, it was decided he should sit the Mensa test, the ‘Gazette’ reported.