Sep 13 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
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ACHIEVING an IQ score higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking seems almost impossible, but not for one young girl.
Northwood College School pupil, Fabiola Mann, of Harrow on the Hill, scored a remarkable IQ of 162 in this summer’s University of London’s (UCL) Mensa medical test.
It is the highest possible score anyone can achieve in the UK and European test. The 15-year-old beat physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, who both scored 160 when they took it.
Being a whizz kid at puzzles and mathematical tests, Fabiola decided to give it a go, she sat the test on July 30 at UCL in Gower Street, central London, and received her results on August 20, she said: “When I got the results I couldn’t believe it. The three-hour test was quite intimidating as it was in a very formal setting. There were about 30 other people taking the test and with the exception of one other candidate they were all adults in their 20s and 30s.”
Mensa is a society for people with a high IQ, to take the three-hour test you have to be over 10-years-old. The scoring is amended marginally for 10 to 18-year-olds who can score a maximum of 162. Those over 18 can only score a maximum of 161.
After completing her GCSE’s and A-levels, Fabiola wants to study medicine at Cambridge University. She said: “I am excited to explore the new possibilities that something like this has opened up for me, beating Einstein and Hawking is pretty scary, I don’t think I will ever be able to measure up to what they have achieved but I hope to achieve my dream of being a successful doctor and helping others.”
Along with being a fan of science fiction books, Fabiola loves to play chess and martial arts.
Fabiola’s mother, Rene Mann, 46, said: “As parents we are very proud of Fabiola and we hope she will be able to use this gift in a meaningful way that helps others and utilises her potential.”
The headteacher of Northwood College, Jacqualyn Pain, said: “I was delighted to hear about Fabiola’s success.
“At Northwood College we focus on raising young women who know their own minds and are creative and flexible thinkers, as well as being able to achieve outstanding results. We are all thrilled with Fabiola’s achievement.”
Fabiola received her official certificate on Wednesday last week.