Odisha Pride – 11 year old Rourkela Origin Girl Saanya Verma Tops in Mensa IQ Test #Odisha
The story here is about a bright 11 year old girl getting the top score in Mensa. Saanya Verma, has scored the maximum possible scores in the Mensa Test (Cattell IIIB scale– 162 and Culture Fair scale – 142) which has put her squarely in the top one percentile across the globe.
Mensa is the High IQ society. Mensa was formed in Oxford in 1946 by Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister and Dr Lance Ware, scientist and lawyer. The organisation later spread around the world. Standardised IQ tests look for competence in a range of areas – e.g. verbal, numerical, etc. – Mensa Supervised test sessions currently comprise two test papers. One is diagrammatical while the other measures largely verbal reasoning ability. A top 2% score on either would result in an invitation to join Mensa.
“I can confirm that Saanya is one of the youngest to achieve 162 in the supervised test as it can only be taken by people over the age of 10 and a half,” a Mensa spokesperson confirmed.
Saanya’s parents hail from Rourkela and did schooling here. Her grandfather, Mausi, Mamu, Cousins are in Odisha. Saanya and her parents look forward to meeting them and visiting Jagannath Puri during their visit to India.
Saanya also has received Level 6 for both English (Reading & SPAG – Spelling punctuation and grammar) & Maths for KS2 SATS. To put this in perspective, the results from 2015 reveal that pupils getting Level 6 were:
– Close to 0% for reading,
– Close to 4% for SPAG, and
– Close to 9% for maths
(source: on Score )
Saanya was one of the thirty eight from her school in Year 6 of amongst 79,000 primary school pupils who took part in the first round of the Primary Maths Challenge. She was awarded a gold certificate and was one of 1184 children invited to take part in the bonus round. Saanya was one amongst only 153 pupils who have been thereafter awarded a silver medal. (Only 530 pupils out of those that entered the bonus round were awarded a medal.)
Saanya is a voracious reader so has quite a few favourite authors/books few being Harry Potter Series, Hunger Games Series, Winds of Change and The Alex Rider Series.
Her father, Sunil Verma, a banker by profession, spends a reasonable amount of time with her discussing science and robotics and often concludes that “Saanya has always surprised me with her questions and her reasoning skills have often put me in situations where I have felt overwhelmed. We are proud of her and are constantly challenged by her”.
Saanya’s mother Sunita Pati Verma, a HR & Recruitment professional says ” It has been a proud moment for us and I think it’s an equally proud moment for the community that has provided her with the support and encouragement to achieve these unique objectives.”
Saanya is a year 7 student at a leading independent school in North West London area.
Saanya is constantly being exposed to new choices. Saanya has always been interested in the cosmos and maths. She is an avid reader and spends a large amount of time working on robotics and electronics and more recently, she has been developing codes for the robots (Lego Mindstorms) and electronic instruments (Arduino).
Among various career choices she has been considering, the few that seem to come up more often than others are: scientist, mathematician, biogenetics, robotics, economist and may be banker (like her dad).
We are proud of Saanya and wish her the very best.