According to ABC News on Monday, young Alexis Martin has an IQ above 160, and has just become the youngest person in Arizona to be accepted into Mensa – a prestigious “genius” club of sorts that only accepts members whose IQ scores are in the top two percentiles worldwide.
An intelligence quotient, or IQ test for short, is a score derived from standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. A median IQ score is 100, and deviations will bring that score up or down depending on the aptitude of each individual.
Approximately 95 percent of the population scores an IQ between 70 and 130. Martin scored a 160 – the highest possible score, though her actual score may be “off the charts,” doctors said.
Who does the 3-year-old now share an IQ score with? The likes of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and BIll Gates, to name a few.
Martin's parents have long thought their little girl was especially gifted.
“From 12 to 18 months old, we'd be driving around in the car and she would recite her bedtime story from the night before,” her father Ian Martin said. “She didn’t just recite them, she recited them exactly.”
Alexis is reading at a 5th grade level and even taught herself Spanish on the family's iPad.
“Anytime she learns a word and just picks it up through anything, she never ever uses it in the incorrect context, ever,” said Ian.
So, do you think you’re Mensa material? Find out. From Mensa.org, here are ten common test questions used to qualify someone for Mensa.
1. Which number comes next in this series of numbers? 2 3 5 7 11 13
Is it 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18?
2. Only one other word can be made from all the letters of INSATIABLE. Can you find it?
3. Four years ago, Jane was twice as old as Sam. Four years on from now, Sam will be 3/4 of Jane's age. How old is Jane now?
4. Continue the following number series with the group of numbers below. What two numbers best continues the series?
1 10 3 9 5 8 7 7 9 6 ? ?
Is it 11 and 5, 10 and 5, 10 and 4, or 11 and 6?
5. If you count from 1 to 100, how many 7's will you pass on the way?
6. Two men, starting at the same point, walk in opposite directions for 4 meters, turn left and walk another 3 meters. What is the distance between them?
7. If it were two hours later, it would be half as long until midnight as it would be if it were an hour later. What time is it now?
8. Which word of four letters can be added to the front of the following words to create other English words?
DATE AGE CARD SCRIPT MARK
9. What is the following word when it is unscrambled?
H C P R A A T E U
10. Pear is to apple as potato is to?
Banana, Radish, Strawberry, Peach or Lettuce
Here are the answers:
1. 17 (They are all prime numbers)
3. Jane is 12. 4 years ago Jane was 8, Sam was 4. In 4 years from now, Jane will be 16 and Sam will be 12.
4. 11 and 5. Alternating numbers go up by 2, and down by 1.
5. If you found 10, you forgot about 70, 71, etc. If you got 11, you forgot about the 70 series, but remembered 77 had 2; if you got 19, you forgot about the extra 7 in 77. The answer is 20.
6. 10 meters
7. It is 9:00 p.m., two hours later would make it 11:00 p.m. with one hour to midnight and one hour later would make it 10:00 p.m. with two hours to midnight.
8. The word “post”
10. Radish (They both grow underground)
So how did you do? Leave your comments (and score if you're brave) below. If your Mensa material, you really would have needed to get them all correct, and have done so within ten minutes.