A talented Sutton Coldfield girl has been declared ‘brainer than Stephen Hawking’ after sitting a test organised by Mensa, the international society for people with high IQ.
Eleven-year-old Nuha Maryam took part in two Mensa tests at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Birmingham, sitting in a room full of adults all hoping to discover that they had the brains to join the society.
And in the Cattell III B scale test she scored 162 – putting her two IQ points ahead of both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein!
Nuha said: “At first when I went into the room there were a lot of 30-40-year-olds taking the test, so I felt quite intimidated.
“I really thought that the results would come back with quite a normal IQ, as I don’t really feel that remarkable! But the second test gave me a score of 162, and I was overjoyed.”
Nuha, who has just left The Shrubbery School and is about to start at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, already has her sights set on a place at Oxford.
And she is also hoping to follow in the footsteps of her parents, who are both doctors.
“I’d like to be a surgeon – maybe a plastic surgeon or a cardiovascular surgeon,” she said. “I like learning about the human body and medicine, and I like psychology as well.”
Nuha is one of six classmates from the Shrubbery who will start at Sutton Girls in September, having passed their 11-plus exams.
Dad Niyam said: “We are absolutely over the moon that Nuha wants to follow in our footsteps to become a doctor – we have obviously made an impression on her!”
Mum Sabreen added: “I can’t express how proud we are of Nuha. She wanted to go and do the test, so we let her – but we never expected a score like this. It’s wonderful.”
Shrubbery headteacher Amanda Lees said: “Nuha is not only tremendously gifted, she’s also kind, caring and very hardworking. We wish her all the best at Sutton Girls – and look forward to following her achievements.”
“I really thought that the results would come back with quite a normal IQ, as I don’t really feel that remarkable!”
– nuha maryam