Most people think they have a genie on their hands when their child walks a week before the books say so, but a family can really ask for it.
Indeed, after passing an IQ test, little Reiss Sanders qualified to become a member of Mensa. Not only that, but he got 100%, which means he’s officially a genius.
The 10-year-old boy took the Cattell III B test – which has around 300 questions – but just before taking it he suffered a last-minute nervous breakdown, so his stepfather Stephen offered to do it also.
To their surprise, they both scored enough to join Mensa with Reiss getting an incredible 162 – the maximum possible for his age.
Stephen had an IQ of 142 – meaning they both were admitted into high IQ society. Oh oh.
Mum Rebecca Sanders-Hall, 37, who says she always thought her son was a genius, was “so proud” that Mensa officially called him one.
She said: “He was always ahead of his years when he did academic work. As a young boy he was quick to pick up numbers, shapes, and that was before his second birthday.
“During his studies, he was always very advanced and we got to the point where we realized in the last 12 months that his way of thinking is different from other children. He is very astute.
“It’s a complete sponge and grabs material differently. It is quite exceptional. Everyone says that about their kid, so you don’t just want to say that, but we thought why not test it?”
She added: “A few days before he got really nervous. He’s quite small so he was worried about doing it with all the adults in the room.
“My husband, who was quite curious about his own results, said he would come and do it with him.
“They followed through and they both found it very difficult. My husband, in particular, thinks he found it more difficult.”
Stephen Sanders-Hall said: “I did it to support Reiss, mostly. It was an adult environment and that kind of thing can be very stressful, but there are things you can do to relax him.
“He got me there, so that was one thing. I also gave him my watch because he couldn’t see the clock on the wall.”
The Cattell III B test, which includes a lot of verbal reasoning, is one way to measure IQ, or intelligence quotient.
The average score would be around 100, with a maximum score of 162 for children and 161 for adults.
Rebecca added: “We got my husband’s results first, and he got into Mensa, and it was pure excitement. I was nervous because I was thinking about how to tell Reiss that he had not entered.
“But then he made it, it was maximum points and Mensa rated him a genius.
“It was pure excitement. I always thought he was gifted, different from other kids, but it wasn’t a proven situation.
“I’m immensely proud of him.”
Reiss now plans to complete his GCSE in maths this year and is busy learning trigonometry, chemistry and physics.
Rebecca said: “I hope he uses his academic brain, but he also really loves football. He doesn’t know what he wants to do yet.
“He took part in the Mensa test in an Arsenal football kit. It’s a walking contradiction.”