Is this Norwich’s brightest teenager? 14-year old girl scoops top score in Mensa test

Imogen La Chapelle, 14, who has scored the highest score possible in a Mensa test, which is 162. Pic

Imogen La Chapelle, 14, who has scored the highest score possible in a Mensa test, which is 162. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are both renowned for their phenomenal intelligence, but one 14-year old girl from Norwich can lay claim to having a similar amount of brain-power.

Imogen La Chapelle, of Camberley Road, said she was amazed to find she has an IQ of 162 after she sat a Mensa test in the city.

The Notre Dame High School Year 9 pupil is now aiming to score top marks in her 12 GCSEs which will put her well on the way to achieving her dream of studying medicine at Cambridge University.

Mensa tests check a person's verbal reasoning, maths, and spatial skills, and candidates need to show their IQ is among the top two percent in the world to be eligible to join the society.

Imogen, who took the test earlier this month, said: 'I was helping my dad tidy up after an event at the school where he works when my mum rang to tell me my result.


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'I didn't quite believe it at first. I couldn't believe I had qualified for Mensa membership – and then I started to read about other children who had scored 162 and were referred to as child prodigies, and then I was even more shocked.

'I suppose I do quite well at school so I thought I would do well but I didn't know how well.'

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Imogen, whose favourite subjects range from science and maths to PE and drama, said the result had given her more confidence in her own abilities.

'It feels quite good and I'm quite amazed by it all,' she added.

'Every since I was very young I've loved problem-solving in books, magazines, and newspapers.'

The St John Ambulance cadet, who has planned to study maths, further maths, chemistry, and biology at A-level, said her ultimate dream is to work as a doctor, specialising in paediatrics.

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