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11-Year-Old Iranian Girl Gets the Highest Mensa IQ Score, Beating Einstein, Hawking



 In an astonishing turn of events, a high school student from Iran is making headlines in the U.K. for scoring remarkably well on the Mensa IQ test for a girl her age.

What’s more, her results have surpassed even those of such world-famous greats as the celebrated cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking and the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.
11-year-old Tara Sharifi, a student at Aylesbury High School in Buckinghamshire, recently took the Mensa IQ test, where she has scored the highest number possible.

Even the IQs of Einstein and Hawking were estimated to be 2 points less than what Sharifi has scored_ 162 points. This is well above what is called the “genius benchmark” of 140 points.

The student’s score on the Mensa IQ test depended on her ability to understand the meanings of specific words and answer the same within a set period of time.

Sharifi admitted that she was shocked when she got the result. She had never expected to score as high as this, she said.

Taking the IQ test was a joint decision made by Sharifi along with her parents. With such a high score as hers, Sharifi is now qualified to join the High IQ Society as an elite Mensa member, despite her age. At present, there are no age restrictions for Mensa membership.

The 11-year-old girl is really enthusiastic at the thought of getting to meet other people who are in the Mensa system, including US writer Joyce Carol Oates and actress Geena Davis. According to Sharifi, her friends from school were quite impressed after she told them about it. She also added that her dream is to pursue a subject related to the field of mathematics when she grows up.

Meanwhile, her father, Hossein Sharifi, said that he had been surprised as well, when his daughter’s results came into the limelight. But at the same time, he had felt extremely proud about how well Tara had scored in the IQ test. “I knew she was very clever, but I did not think she would have such a high IQ,” said her father.

Indeed, Sharifi’s father recalled that whenever the whole family would sit together to watch quiz shows on TV, Tara would wait for the host to ask math questions, and then she’d solve the problems before the contestants on TV could answer them.

People are speculating that this is a sign of Sharifi possibly following the footsteps of Maryam Mirzakhani, the late Fields Medal-winning mathematician.
11-Year-Old Iranian Girl Gets the Highest Mensa IQ Score, Beating Einstein, Hawking 11-Year-Old Iranian Girl Gets the Highest Mensa IQ Score, Beating Einstein, Hawking Reviewed by Tim on August 03, 2019 Rating: 5

28 comments

  1. Girl scores the highest you can on an IQ test and the writer uses a qualifier "scores high for a girl her age"

    It should just reas scored remarkably high on the Mensa IQ test.

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    1. No that's right. The average "girl her age" should be scoring 100. That's how the IQ tests work.

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    2. Yeah, there is a male/female bias all over the world but I don't think "scores high for a girl her age" qualifies as a shocker.

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    3. IQ stands for intelligence quotient. It's how smart you are divided by your age.

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    4. That implies you get stupider as you get older! ;)

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  2. I agree, if the writer had included a comparisons to girls her age after that sentence, then your argument would be valid but to mention that she is a girl her age and have no other significance, comes off wrong.

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  3. Great but a reasonable number of people have these numbers. My wife is at 160 and I have read of scores as high as 190 (almost perfect) (My wife also has two doctorate degrees. on in Optometry and one in Public Health Policy. But it is still impressive.

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  4. Too bad IQ has nothing to do with common sense

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  5. Any proofs to back these claims? Just wondering where the evidence is.

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  6. Why would a club for "smart people" call themselves "Mensa". If they were smart enough they would have realized that is slang in Spanish for "Stupid". I know it means "Table" in Latin, not to mention a dead language, but I would think the irony would be pretty undermining. *face plant*.

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  7. Not when it was started over 60 yrs ago in Great Britian...where at that time Latin was.taught in most schools, along with French..
    Mandatory..the children began French in Kindergarten, then Latin in the 4th grade in our system..and by time out of Grade school they have had 6 years of French and 3 years of Latin.

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  8. First, child's Mensa is different from adult. Second, Einstein waa never tested.

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    1. Third, Mensa test on the Cattell scale, the 'genius level of 140' is the Stanford scale. Not the same thing at all (like saying this sausage is 156 long, so considerably longer than the avergae of 6, without including the qualifers 'mm' and 'inches').

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  9. Good for her. She only missed matching mine by 1 pt...lol.🙂

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  10. An 11 year old girl just did really well scholastically.

    Say "Good job, good for her, we're all proud."

    WTF is wrong with you people?

    How can you be so selfish, so immature, so insecure, so narcissistic?

    It's an eleven year old girl for Christ's sake... and people seem threatened in the comments.

    Wow.

    Just... Wow.

    Amazing and incredible Achievement, Tara. That is simply outstanding.

    Ignore the adults's insecurities. You did great!

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    1. Nailed it. These people have nothing better to do than bitch and whine on the internet about a girl who is smarter than them.

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    2. thats it exactly they feel threatened by the fact she is brighter than them

      lets hope she has as normal a childhood as possible but gos on to do great things

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    3. they feel threatened by the fact that everyone is brighter than they are.

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  11. Right on!
    I’m excited to see this in a young girl. Her eyes don’t just seem intelligent, they seem wise. I’m sure she can see through all of the insecurities bleeding all over these comments. Congratulations, Tara! You are clearly going to be a great world changer! You are part of an exciting and powerful generation, too. Can’t wait to see what you do!

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  12. I see this FB meme too often to keep letting it pass without comment. Enough is enough!

    There is no record of Einstein ever taking an IQ test. His genius was in the field of geometric imagination and profound originality of physical insight. The girl referred to in this meme scored strongly on the verbal aspects of the IQ test. There's no sensible basis on which she can be compared with Einstein. This is just free publicity for Mensa, the overwhelming majority of whose members have achieved nothing very remarkable. Your own offspring may well achieve more.

    The reference to Hawking is nonsensical by definition. After he fell (due to illness) and hit his head, Hawking, as a young man, did ask Mensa to test him, but they seem to have fully understood that their tests were not even remotely adequate (because comparisons cannot be made in the case of people that far out in the extreme areas of the Gaussian distribution) with the result that Mensa had to "estimate" (in other words, take a flying guess at) his IQ, which they thought might be in the region of 225-250 (see Introducing Stephen Hawking: A Graphic Guide
    by J. P. McEvoy). In that region meaningful statistical comparisons are impossible because of the lack of a significant number of comparators. All IQ tests are reliable only to the extent that a significant number of comparators is available for testing, with the result that the IQ tests used by Mensa have ceilings which cannot be exceeded. That some people will hit the ceiling on aspects of the test should not surprise us in any way. When they do, it certainly does not mean that we can expect them to turn into another Einstein. Genius of that kind is not
    psychometrically measurable.

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  13. I think its because they dont care about age, race, nor gender like a round table society. Mensa means table in Spanish. But also mens means mind in Latin and since it is about intellectual prowess that makes sense to.

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  14. The Spanish for "table" is "mesa". DUH.

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  15. All she gets is membership in MENSA?! How about a scholarship to college?!

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  16. The eighth grade was the best three years of my life...

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