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11-Year-Old Iranian Girl gets highest Mensa IQ Score, beating Einstein and Hawking

An 11-year-old Iranian high school student in the United Kingdom is making headlines for getting a remarkable result on her Mensa IQ test that even surpasses those of great thinkers such as Albert Einstein and the late Professor Stephen Hawking.
Tara Sharifi, a student at Aylesbury High School, recently took the Mensa IQ test in Oxford where she scored well above the “genius benchmark” of 140. The 11-year-old student scored 162 points on the test, which is two points ahead of Einstein, a theoretical physicist who is considered as one of the two pillars of modern physics, and famous cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking. The Mensa IQ test, which needed to be answered within a set time, focused on the student’s ability to understand the meanings of words.”I was shocked when I got the result. I never expected to get such a good score,” Sharifi said. With the score she received, Sharifi now qualifies for the Mensa membership, which is also known as the High IQ society. “It was a joint decision between me and my parents to take the test,” the girl said. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other people within the Mensa system. I have told some of my friends at school and they were really impressed.” She also added that when she becomes older, she would pursue “something related to mathematics.”

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