A British Filipino girl discovered she had an IQ higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking after being refused a place at her local school.
Mia Golosino, aged 11, had set her heart on going to Aylesbury Grammar [selective] School.
However, despite passing the entry exam with flying colours, she was turned down for a place at the school due to “oversubscription”.
Mia’s parents, IT manager Jose and full-time mother Mary, arranged for their daughter to sit a Mensa test to help them appeal the decision.
“We were amazed to find she scored the highest possible mark of 162 – more than Albert Einstein!” said proud father Jose. “This puts her in the top one per cent of the population.”
Happily, Mia was then offered a place at the prestigious 600-year-old Royal Latin Grammar School in nearby Buckingham.
Meanwhile Jose and Mary, who moved to England from the Philippines 10 years ago, have asked for Mia’s story to be shared to give hope to other youngsters.
“We thought it might inspire other families whose kids did not get into their preferred school,” said Jose.
“And we are also telling Mia that she must believe in herself, whichever school she goes too.”
Mia, a keen swimmer and ballet dancer, wants to be a judge when she grows up.
The Royal Latin is a 20-minute drive from the family’s home in the town of Wolverton. “It’s actually closer than Aylesbury, which was the first choice,” said Jose.
162 is the highest score it is possible to achieve on the test currently used by Mensa (the Cattell 111B Scale). Mia also outsmarted the scientist Stephen Hawking, who is said to have achieved a score of 160.
The benchmark to be considered a ‘genius’ is 140, and an average IQ is considered to be anything between 90 and 110.
The average IQ in the Philippines is 86. The world rankings are topped by near neighbours — Hong Kong and Singapore (108), South Korea (106), Japan (105), China (105) and Taiwan (104). The country with the lowest IQ is Equatorial Guinea at 59.