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3-year-old girl joins Mensa after taking IQ test in Russian

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A 3-year-old girl has reportedly become the youngest member of Mensa.

Alice Amos has been given full membership of the society after scoring a massive 162 on an IQ test, reports The Mirror.

The schoolgirl - who lives in Guildford, Surrey - took the test in Russian. She has learnt to speak the language as her parents are originally from Russia.

Amos becomes the 18th pre-school member of Mensa, and is said to have an IQ higher than Professor Stephen Hawking, whose IQ is reported to be 160.

Her father, a telecom sales manager, said: "Alice was actually a little slow when it came to speaking for the first time, but then we realised that she was making some really big leaps, especially in her reading.

"She was picking up numbers and learning maths very quickly and by the time she was two years and nine months old she had finished a whole book series that is aimed at children aged four to five years old.

"She often teaches things to her younger sister, Katie, aged 18 months, who learns by copying her.

"We realised that she was hungry to learn more all of the time and she could count to 100 already and was reading Aesop's Fables and levels four and six of the Oxford Reading Tree."

Her high IQ puts her above the likes of Abraham Lincoln (128), Napoleon Bonaparte (145) and Sigmund Freud (156).

Only 1,000 members of Mensa are aged under 18.

A three-year-old boy named Sherwyn Sarabi from South Yorkshire joined Mensa last month.

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