Boy genius: 3-year-old joins Mensa UK as its youngest member
Muhammad Haryz Nadzim scored 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, which placed him in the 99.7th percentile. He was then invited to join Mensa.
A 3-year-old Malaysian boy living in the UK has become the youngest member to join Mensa (UK) -- the largest and oldest international high IQ society in the world.
Muhammad Haryz Nadzim scored 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, which placed him in the 99.7th percentile. He was invited to join Mensa after meeting with a psychologist.
To become a member of British Mensa, an individual must "demonstrate an IQ in the top two per cent of the population", according to their website.
"Well done to Haryz on his invitation to join Mensa," said John Stevenage, the chief executive of British Mensa. "He is obviously a very bright young man and we are delighted to welcome him to Mensa."
The boy’s mother, Anira Asyikin, says her family knew that he was special even before Mensa. The family lives in Durham, England. She says she calls him as her "mini brainbox" and that he is a normal kid by all other standards.
"He's very much your typical 3-year-old," Asyikin said. "He really loves painting and reading books, really anything arts and crafts. He loves playing with Legos and Play-Doh especially ..."
And when he isn't painting or building, Haryz enjoys singing.
What is Mensa?
Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. Mensa IQ test was developed in Britain to form an elite society of intelligent people. It was founded in 1946 in Oxford by Lancelot Lionel Ware, a scientist and lawyer, and Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, but the organisation later spread around the world.
Its mission is to "identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity".
The supervised Mensa IQ test is “designed for children and adults above 10 and a half years old”. For children less than 10 years, they have to be assessed by an educational psychologist to determine their IQ score.
Rise of children joining Mensa
According to the BBC, the number of under-11s joining Mensa rose by more than half, from below 200 five years ago to 319 in 2019.
Overall, the number of children joining Mensa rose from 1,344 to 1,956.
And a number of British Asian children made global headlines for their Mensa score.
In 2019, Indian-origin school Jiya Vaducha, 11, scored the highest-possible marks of 162 on a British Mensa test.
"Education is not the only way to get to the top (in India), you've got a lot of start-ups, you've got sports personalities, like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, so times are changing but you could say Asians put a little more emphasis on academic excellence and Mensa is one of the feathers in the cap," Jiya’s father had said that time.
Another Indian-origin boy in England – 11 year-old Arnav Sharma -- had scored 162 on a Mensa test in 2019.
But there have been accusations by former members that Mensa is “elitist”.
Responding to the accusations, a Mensa spokeswoman had said: "There are no academic achievements needed, no committee approval and no distinction on any other grounds…We do not take into account age, gender, race, religion, social class or any other factor."