A 12-year-old girl who is the daughter of Roma workers in England has outsmarted notable geniuses like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking by scoring a perfect 162 on her Mensa IQ test, as reported by the Daily News.
Now there's proof that Nicole Barr of Essex is among the top 1 percent of the population, in which the average IQ score for adults is 100. Anything higher than 140 is considered genius level.
"When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected," Nicole told the Western Daily. "I was so shocked."
But the results were no surprise to Nicole's father, James Barr, with whom she took the test. He had a hunch that she'd make it into Mensa, the genius society that accepts intellectuals who score in the 98th percentile on the IQ test.
"She's always loved numbers and puzzles, and she's always been excellent at math, performing several years ahead of her age group in school," Barr told Yahoo Parenting. "She likes challenging herself."
Considering Nicole's upbringing, it may have seemed improbable to many that she would score so high. She might have grown up in the "traveling lifestyle" with her father and baby half-sister, but in her Roma community, she is the talk of the town.
"It's nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change," Barr said. "This shows that it doesn't matter where you come from, anyone can be academically brilliant."