What were you doing at age 4? Playing with dolls, perhaps, or racing around with your toy cars? Little 4-year-old Heidi Hankins is joining Mensa.
You see, Heidi Hankins has an IQ of over 150, and she’s not even in school yet.
Hankins, who lives in Winchester, England, has been accepted into the international high IQ society after a test showed she has genius-level intellect.
Heidi joined the society after her father, Matthew Hankins, sent in her test results.
The average IQ for an full-grown adult is 100, but Heidi’s is around 159, making her one of just 90 children under the age of 10 to join Mensa UK.
For comparison’s sake, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein scored an IQ of 160.
The elder Hankins, 46, a lecturer at the University of Southampton, said: “We always thought Heidi was pretty bright because she was reading early. I happen to specialize in measuring IQs in children, and I was curious about her and the results were off the scale.
“I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two, and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It’s what you would expect a seven-year-old to do.”
Heidi can already do basic math, draw people, and write in sentences, and her father said she has been pretty impressive since she was a toddler, learning to read and count to 40 when she was just two years old.
Hankins said: “She was making noises and trying to talk literally since she was born, and by age one, her vocabulary was quite good.
“Now it is really good. The other day I gave her mash and fish fingers for dinner, something quite boring, and her response was ‘That’s impressive,’ so she has a sense of humor too!”
He added: “The thing is she is not precocious, she is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Lego but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book. We are really proud of her.”
Hankins said he made the decision to test his daughter after her nursery told him they no longer had any activities capable of challenging her.
John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said: “Heidi’s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential.
“We wish them well, and are pleased that they have chosen to join the Mensa network for support, where we aim to provide a positive environment for younger members to develop.”
Hankins and wife Sophy, an artist, moved to Winchester last year to be closer to their 9-year-old son Isaac, who boards at The Pilgrims’ School.
They’re now looking at schools for little Heidi Hankins and are hoping to skip a grade to ensure that Heidi is sufficiently challenged by her schoolwork.
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