Malaysian Toddler Scores 142 on IQ Test to Qualify For Mensa
A Malaysian toddler living in England has become the youngest member of MENSA UK, the British chapter of the world’s largest and oldest high-IQ society.
Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, 3, was invited to join the organization after meeting a psychologist and scoring 142 on the Stanford-Binet scale, arguably the most respected standardized test for measuring general intelligence.
Now in its fifth edition, the test measures five weighted factors, namely: knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing, working memory and fluid reasoning.
Ahead of his MENSA membership, Nadzim has studied at Kumon, a global afterschool math and reading program based in Japan. Last September, he became part of its honor roll for being advanced in both subjects.
Despite his mind-blowing early achievements, Nadzim is also just your “typical” 3-year-old, according to his mother Nur Anira Asyikin.
“He is very much a 3-year-old in every other sense. He enjoys jumping in puddles, painting, singing, all the normal stuff for a child of that age,” Asyikin told Metro.co.uk.
“It’s exciting and we are sure this [MENSA membership] will help him in giving him a little bit of belief and confidence in himself so he can better benefit society in the future. We hope we can provide him with an environment that will motivate him to learn. The most important thing is that he is happy with what he is doing, and we will be proud of him no matter what he achieves.”
Child prodigies have long interested scientists and inspired the public, but the pressure that comes with such gifts can take a toll when left unchecked.
But of course, stellar IQ scores do not guarantee practical success.
“[A high IQ is] like a toolbox — it gives children the equipment to learn, but they still have to put in the effort and practice to become expert at something,” said Ann Clarkson, a MENSA spokeswoman, according to The New York Times.
Still, what made Nadzim unique is “his ability to learn very quickly and process information fast,” she added.