14 Apr '12, 2am

4-year-old "genius" accepted into Mensa before she even starts school

LONDON - A four-year-old girl in Britain with the IQ of a "genius" has been accepted into Mensa - the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world - before she has even started school. Heidi Hankins (picture) sat for an IQ test after staff at her nursery said she was so intelligent they were struggling to find activities to challenge her. The average score for an adult is 100 and 130 for a "gifted" individual, but the exceptional youngster impressed examiners with a staggering 159. Heidi, who can already add, subtract, draw figures and write in sentences, was reading books for seven-year-olds when she was only two. She beats numbers whizz Carol Vorderman (score 154) and is only slightly behind Big Bang scientist Stephen Hawking (160), who are both members of Mensa. Heidi's father, Mr Matthew Hankins, from Winchester, Hants, hopes she can now skip a school year to ensure...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120414-0000051/Before...

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