A schoolgirl from Medway achieved the top score on a Mensa IQ test when she was just 11 years old.
Elaina Jinu Paddy, of Thorndale Close, Walderslade, took the exam at Kings Cross in London last month, becoming one of the youngest people to enter the famous high IQ society.
Mensa only offers membership to people who score in the top 2% on the IQ test, and after achieving the maximum score of 162, Elaina is in the top 99.998 percentile of IQ test candidates across the world.
Elaina, who recently started high school at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone after performing well on her 11+ exams, said she saw the test as a bit of fun.
“The first section was timed and there were questions based on shapes and patterns,” she said. “Then there were the synonym questions and the coding questions. There are hashtags and exclamation marks and you have to decode them. There were a lot of questions.
“It wasn’t really about getting the grade, but more of a fun experience to see what I can do. I didn’t take it as seriously as an exam.”
Papa Jinu Mathew, an investment consultant, said the whole family were extremely proud of the achievement – and the family’s background in India meant the news even made headlines in India.
“She wanted to take it as soon as she was ten and a half, to be the youngest to do it but because of the Coronvirus she was delayed.
“When she took the exam at Kings Cross in London she was the only youngster – they were all older people.
“I think the lockdown encouraged people to keep their brains active. “
A voracious reader from a young age, Elaina was also one of the children selected from Medway Schools to create a poetic script “Making Waves” which was performed at the Brook Theater in Chatham. She is also passionate about dance and music, and began training in Indian classical dance-Bharathanatyam at the age of three at the Laasya School of Performing Arts.
Since then she has steadily improved and performed in many events, while her interest in music has led her to join church and school choirs.
Elaina enjoys reading law at the undergraduate level with a particular interest in forensics.
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