A Sri Lankan born child prodigy with an IQ higher than Albert Einstein is celebrating becoming a unique member of Mensa in the UK.
Nishi Uggalle, ten, is one of the youngest people in the country to score the highest possible mark of 162 in the IQ society’s supervised testing.
The Mensa Supervised IQ Test can only be taken by children aged over ten-and-a-half and consists of two separate industry-standard assessments.
One measures mainly verbal reasoning skills and the other, which includes diagrams and images, assesses visual and spatial logic.
And Nishi, from Audenshaw in Tameside, scored the highest possible mark of 162 in the first test – known as the Cattell III B score.
She scored 142 in the second element, the Culture Fare Scale, with the results putting her in the top one per cent of the nation in terms of IQ.
Anyone scoring a percentile of two in any Mensa test is admitted to the society.
The controlled test takes two-and-a-half hours and, according to theories, Nishi’s score and subsequent IQ of 162 would be two points higher than famous physicist Einstein.
The former pupil at Audenshaw’s Poplar Street Primary is studying at Withington Girls’ School and starts at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in September.
She lives with her parents, Neelanga and Shiromi, who moved to Manchester from Sri Lanka in 2001. Dad Neelanga, 44, praised Nishi’s first teachers at Poplar Street Primary.
He said: ‘We knew very early on that she was gifted. She started reading and writing very early and was became very good at mathematics. We gave her challenging, interesting things to do. As a parent, you do not want their talents to be wasted, but there has to be a balance with their childhood.
‘She is just a normal 10-year-old, just like any other 10-year-old really. She loves reading, cycling and walking, and we’re all very proud of her.’
Nishi, an only child who sat the test last month in Manchester, said she completed the first element of 150 questions with time to spare, but didn’t quite finish the second paper.
She said: ‘It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t hard at the same time. In the first test I had enough time to check over things.
‘I didn’t manage to finish one or two questions in the second one. I have been telling my mates about Mensa and they are all very proud of me. I want to be a scientist, as the subject of time has always interested me.’
John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said he was delighted for Nishi.
He said: ‘I hope she will make full use of her membership to meet new, like-minded people and challenge herself. Joining Mensa opens the door to an international network of more than 100,000 people and many members make friends for life. (Courtesy Daily Mail)