Redbridge schoolboy, 10, beats Einstein in IQ test

PUBLISHED: 14:31 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 21 April 2016

Young Citizen Award nominee Mukund Soni.

Young Citizen Award nominee Mukund Soni.


Albert Einstein is the epitome of genius, but a 10-year-old from Ilford has shown he is even more brainy than the superstar scientist.

Young Citizen Award nominee Mukund Soni with dad Mahendra (left), sister Ishita and mum Sunita.Young Citizen Award nominee Mukund Soni with dad Mahendra (left), sister Ishita and mum Sunita.

Mukund Soni, who lives in Mayfair Avenue, took Mensa’s verbal reasoning Cattell III B Scale in March and achieved a perfect 162 – beating Einstein’s and Stephen Hawking’s score of 160.

He also gained 142 in the image-based Culture Fair Test, for people whose first language is not English.

The youngster, who attends Highlands Primary School, Highlands Gardens, Ilford, now joins an exclusive list – only one per cent of people who take the test achieve the highest score possible.

“The first test was all about pictures and the other was all about words,” said Mukund.

“In the picture test, many pictures were shown and I had to choose which one was the odd one out.

“In the words one, there were different options and I had to chose between synonyms and antonyms.

“Some of the questions were quite challenging but over all I thought it was all right.”

Mum-of-two Sunita, 35, a housewife, said she knew her son would do well.

“He is a very clever and brainy boy who just wanted to give it a go,” she said.

“It is a very proud moment for us and it will help him in the future and give him opportunities.”

Mensa is the oldest and largest high IQ society in the world.

It was founded in 1946 by Dr Lancelot Ware, a British scientist and lawyer, and Australian barrister Roland Berrill at Lincoln College, Oxford University.

They decided to form a non-political society where the only requirement for membership was a high IQ.

“He liked to play with numbers and used to come to us with a problem, a solution and how he found it out,” said Sunita.

“Mukund would solve the problems all by himself and in school would get good feedback from the teachers who would give him difficult tasks.”

“When I told my teachers they said they knew I could do it,” added Mukund, who likes reading Alex Rider novels.

Redbridge/Rotary Young Citizen Award nominee Mukund has now been offered a place Queen Elizabeth School - a boys’ grammar - in Barnet.

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