13-year-old Akshita Sapra scored the highest possible score on the test – her total places her in the top 1% of the world’s population.
It is significantly higher than the “genius benchmark” of 140 and also trumps the estimated IQs of physicist Albert Einstein and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking.
Akshita was born in India, before her family moved to the UK in July 2010 and then to Milton Keynes in 2016.
Speaking about the reasons her daughter passed the test, Akshita’s mother Mansi said: “Akshita has always been a bright child and always looked exceptional.
“To make sure it wasn’t just my parental love, we decided to quantify it.
“My intention was for her to pass the test.
“Akshita wanted to get the highest score and while she was confident she could get it, I wasn’t.
“When I found out about his result I was in tears, I couldn’t believe it.
“She was at school when I got the result so I sent it to them and asked them to tell her.
“I didn’t want her to wait until she got home to find out that she had the highest score, and her reaction was, ‘I knew that, I told you. “
“She always had strong self-confidence, which I said was overconfidence, but she proved me wrong.”
Akshita’s success at Mensa is not her first contact with fame as in 2017 she appeared on an episode of the BBC show “All Over the Workplace” – giving her and a another competitor, the chance to explore the world of aviation and to fly in planes and gliders.
To be successful in this program, Akshita had to go through a series of writing, interviews and auditions to be selected.
Akshita now qualifies for membership in the High IQ Society and her mother Mansi said: “Membership in Mensa will certainly add a lot of value to her candidacy for college.
“She will meet other like-minded people at Mensa gatherings and most importantly, taking the test will give her confidence in her abilities, which will help her achieve her future goals.”
A Mensa spokesperson told the newspaper that it was “not common” for two students from the same school to score as high as possible on the Mensa test, saying it “had already happened”.