Yusuf Shah, an 11-year-old boy from Leeds, England, recently scored 162 on a Daily Intelligence (IQ) test. This result places the child ahead of two of the greatest geniuses of the 20th century, American physicist Albert Einstein and British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who had an IQ of 160. This is also the highest score that is “possible”. for a person under the age of 18 explained The Independent.
It was the young Briton’s classmates who encouraged him to take an IQ test. “Everyone at school thinks I’m very smart and I’ve always wanted to know if I’m in the 2% of people who get this result when they take the test,” he told our British colleagues Subway.
To Oxford or Cambridge?
Although he is only 11 years old, Yusuf Shah already has a clear vision of his future career. This Sudoku and Rubik’s Cube enthusiast wants to study mathematics at Cambridge or Oxford, the two most prestigious universities in the country. The boy has since been invited to Mensa, the organization that brings people with very high IQs together.
This exceptional result is a source of pride for his family. However, her mother wants to avoid overconfidence. “I always tell him, ‘Your father is always smarter than you. Even if you have talent, you have to work hard, you have to work,'” she explained. His little brother Khalid, 8, could also soon undergo the test.