An 11-year-old from Northampton has laid claim to be the most intelligent person of her age in the country after she achieved the maximum score in a Mensa test.
Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, of Dallington, has officially registered an IQ of 162 which is higher than Bill Gates, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
The Wellingborough School pupil also scored a higher result than her father, Dean, who is already a member Mensa and has been registered with an IQ of 142.
Cerys, who sat the Mensa- supervised exam in Milton Keynes on July 27, said: “My primary aim was to beat my dad who is very smart but I didn’t expect to beat him by such a huge margin.
“At 11 I do not have that many intellectual discussions with my friends and to be honest there is more to a person than just their IQ.
“Perhaps when I am really old and past 20 years of age I will have more intellectual conversations where my IQ will assist me but until then my focus will be on fashion, fun and getting good grades in school.”
Cerys has now been invited to join the High IQ organisation and the youngster says she would like to work in finance.
She said: “I like working with numbers so I think I would like to work for a bank or even one day become the Governor of the Bank of England”.
Mr Parnell said his daughter was a normal 11-year-old who was not “geeky” and obsessed with reading books all the time.
He said: “It is clear she is a straight A student but I would not allow her to do the Mensa test until she was at least 11 years old.
“I am not sure if this Mensa score is a good thing or a bad thing as I know she will be questioning everything I now tell her to do,” he added.
Cerys said her favourite subject was maths and said she was part of a ‘gifted and talented’ group who stayed behind after school and completed complex maths puzzles.
Cerys said she had also displayed signs of her outstanding intelligence when she was very young after she managed to learn the names of dozens of capital cities before she went to school.
The youngster also learnt to read very quickly so, when her nursery teacher read to the class, she also used to let Cerys read aloud to the other children.
Cerys is believed to be in the 0.004 per cent of people who have ever scored 162 on the Mensa test.