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Northwood student aces Mensa test
A teenager from Northwood has been invited to join Mensa after recording a IQ higher than Stephen Hawking.
Fabiola Mann, 15, discovered she had an IQ of 162 after sitting a comprehensive test provided by Mensa, an organisation for people with a high IQ.
Her result is the highest possible score achievable in the UK and European Mensa IQ test - higher than Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Bill Gates, who all scored 160.
Fabiola, who studies at Northwood College, decided to take the test as she has always enjoyed intelligence tests, puzzles and mathematics.
She applied and took a supervised formal Mensa test at the UCL Medical School.
Fabiola said: “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.
“However the Mensa supervisor was very kind and supportive. When I got the results I couldn’t believe it.”
After her GCSEs and A Levels, Fabiola’s goal is to study medicine at Cambridge University, as she has always wanted to be a doctor, specifically a surgeon.
Outside of school, her interests include chess, puzzles, reading, especially Science Fiction, martial arts and watching films.
Her mother, Rene Mann, 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.”
Jacqualyn Pain, headteacher of Northwood College, said she was absolutely delighted when she was informed of Fabiola’s success.
She added: “We are all thrilled with Fabiola’s achievement.”
Mensa was founded in 1946 by barrister Roland Berrill and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer, who had the idea of forming a society for clever people.
The society's objectives are to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members, to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity and to encourage research.
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