An 11-year-old boy was invited to join Mensa, the world’s oldest and largest high-IQ society, after he scored the highest on an IQ test that is higher than that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, both of whom are reportedly , had an IQ of 160.
Kevin Sweeney was accepted into the IQ club after scoring the highest possible score for a boy his age: 162. He was in the top 1% of people and was an only child on a test he passed on July 16th.
Proud dad Eddie Sweeney, 40, and mom Laura, 39, said they always knew Kevin was a genius. Father of four, Sweeney, from Lochgelly, in Fife, Scotland, said: “It’s amazing that we’re so proud and Kevin is on cloud nine.
“He got the maximum score for his age. There were no other children on the test: they were all adults. We thought he might be overwhelmed by talking to all the adults, but he just chatted to everyone, saying, “Hi, me.” m Kevin.
“My mom and I took the test a few years ago simply because we love quizzes and wanted to challenge ourselves. Kevin really wanted to do it with us, but he was too young.
“We really hope this can open doors for him, it’s so exciting. We are so proud as parents, we always knew he was really smart. We’ve always told people he’s a genius and I don’t use the word lightly.”
The young genius went to the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh to take the test, and was overjoyed when the results came in earlier this month.
“Kevin was running around the garden when he got the results. It meant more to him than we thought. We hope this will be a great encouragement for him. his potential and give him every opportunity in life,” his father said.
The boy knew the periodic table when he was only 6 years old and was reading even before he went to elementary school. Papa Eddie said they were watching ChaseBritish TV quiz show every evening and he is amazed by his son’s ability.
Eddie Sweeney, SWNS/Zenger
Quiz-lover Kevin, who has autism, also likes to watch Who wants to be a millionaire as well as Connection onlytwo other popular British quizzes.
Eddie, a prison service physical education instructor, said: “At six years old, he knew the periodic table in about a week and people checked him against it. They asked him for a number, and he could tell them what it was, what the symbol was, and what the weight of the element was.
“He was reading even before he went to school. He has read all the Harry Potter books and knows everything about him. Chase every day and Who wants to be a millionaire when it’s on.
“He likes Connection only also I can watch a whole show and not understand anything, it’s so complicated, the people in it are insanely smart. But Kevin will sit there and get answers, it just blows my mind.
“Observation Who wants to be a millionaire, he answered the £250,000 question correctly before there were options. When another show asked about bus fares in Harry Potter, he was adamant that the answer they gave was wrong. He went upstairs, found the right page in the right book in a matter of seconds, and proved himself right—the film version used a different price.”
But despite his Einstein-level intellect, the little boy’s passions are music and singing, and he can play choristers, piano and guitar.
“His biggest passion is music and singing. Kevin talked about being a doctor or a scientist, but I don’t think he knows for sure yet,” Eddie said.
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