Top marks for child genius in IQ test

MENSA member Abhishek Sen (12) a Kings School year 8 pupil  who is now studying A level maths. EMN-171127-191946009
MENSA member Abhishek Sen (12) a Kings School year 8 pupil who is now studying A level maths. EMN-171127-191946009
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A talented child who scored the best possible result in an IQ test is already preparing for his A-level maths exams - aged just 12.

Abhishek Sen scored 162 in part of the Mensa test.

MENSA member Abhishek Sen (12) a Kings School year 8 pupil  who is now studying A level maths. Also pictured is mum Sampurna Sen EMN-171127-192011009

MENSA member Abhishek Sen (12) a Kings School year 8 pupil who is now studying A level maths. Also pictured is mum Sampurna Sen EMN-171127-192011009

The Kings School pupil will now join the brainy society, after his scores in two tests placed him in the top two per cent of the population. He will be a Mensa member - alongside celebrities including Carol Vorderman, Fern Britton and swimming champion Adrian Moorhouse.

Abhishek, of Abbeyfields, Fletton, said he had always loved working with figures, and was good at it.

“I think enjoying the subject does help you do well at it.” he said.

Despite being just 12, Abhishek has already taken his maths GCSE exams - twice - and again scored the best possible mark both times.

Mum Sampurna said: “When he was at William Law Primary School he was identified as gifted at maths in Year Four. They pushed him, and he was doing Year 6 work when he was in Year 4. In year 6 he took his GCSE and scored A* - he then went to Kings School, and they wanted him to take the exam again as the syllabus changed - and he got a Level 9.

“He is now doing work for his A-level maths exams.

“He really likes maths puzzles, but it was becoming more and more difficult to stimulate him. He went to take the Mensa test at City College Peterborough. We had to wait for the results, but we are very proud of what he has achieved.”

He scored 162 in the Cattell III B test, which is the highest score available, and 134 on the Culture Fair Scale. The Cattell III B relies very heavily on verbal reasoning, and so assumes a reasonable knowledge of the English language. Culture Fair uses diagrams, not words, and assesses visual and spatial skills. It aims to eliminate any disadvantage that non-native speakers of English face.

Abhishek said he had been nervous going into the test - and had advice for people wanting to improve their maths: “There were a few people taking it, some my age and some adults. The first paper was mainly about words, synonyms and opposites. The second paper was more about diagrams and sequences of shapes. I was a bit nervous going in, and then there was about a week to wait for the results.

“The key to getting better is to work hard and practice.”

A spokesman for Mensa said: “162 is the highest a child can score on the Cattell III B test. That doesn’t mean they are as bright as it is possible to be, or that they got every question correct though. The psychologists who devised the test decided that this was the highest IQ that could be accurately measured – there are differences in ability beyond this level, but the distinctions are not meaningful. A score of 162 puts Abhishek at the top end of the top one per cent though, so it is a very impressive score!”

Could you join Mensa?

1) What number is missing from this sequence?

2 4 3 9 4 ? 5 25 6 36

2) Which three letter word can be attached to the beginning of the following words to form five longer words?

FOOD FRONT LED SIDE SON

3) What letter should appear next in this sequence? Z X C V ?

4) Rearrange the letters of ‘IT IS CLEAR’ to give a nine letter word with an associated meaning.

Answers:

1) 16 2) Sea 3) B 4) Realistic