A primary schoolgirl has become a member of Mensa after discovering her IQ is higher than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Freya Mangotra, 10, achieved a result of 162 in the Cattell III B IQ test, which is the highest possible score for a person under the age of 18.

According the Mensa, this means she is officially ‘a genius’, but her dad Kuldeep Kumar says the family are not surprised.

He said: ‘I don’t want to put too much pressure on her but we knew from an early age, two or three, that she was gifted.

‘She grasps things very fast. She can concentrate very quickly and remember things. She only needs to read or do something once to remember. We are blessed.’

Psychiatrist Dr Kumar says his daughter is also an avid reader, who enjoys writing stories, drama and playing chess.



She is also a black belt in Taekwondo and has an activity every day of the week, including Bollywood dancing and swimming.

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Dr Kumar said he, Freya and his wife Gulshan Tajuriahe, who is currently studying for a PhD in child development, can often be found with their heads buried in books.

He once raced his daughter to see who could finish all the Harry Potter books first, noting that she beat him.

‘We have to put a limit on her and say at 10pm she has to stop reading. But she doesn’t need lots of sleep, she’s up easily at 6.30am for school,’ he said.

Freya used to harbour ambitions to be a doctor, but is now considering a career in writing or film-making after joining a drama club.



She is currently a head girl at the Blue Coat School in Edgbaston, and has been offered a scholarship to King Edward VI High School for Girls’, a high-ranking private school.

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The youngster has also passed the entrance exam for King Edward VI Camphill School for Girls’ in Kings Heath.

British Mensa has more than 20,000 members with IQs in the top two per cent, and about 1,700 members under the age of 18.

The society was founded in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer, and the only qualification for membership is a high IQ.

The average adult has an IQ of 100, while a score above 140 is considered to be that of a genius.

Famous Mensa members include former Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman, author Zoe Barnes and model and former Miss Rochdale Laura Shields.

Anyone can book themselves a Mensa test online for £24.95.