A Filipina school girl failed to make the cut at a grammar school in the United Kingdom despite having an IQ higher than that of Albert Einstein.
Mia Golosino, 11, had long been wanting to go to Aylesbury High grammar school. It was her first choice of school. Her parents made her sit an 11-plus exam privately as part of preparation.
However, the school denied her a place and the reason given was ‘over-subscription’.
The parents decided to let Mia take the British Mensa IQ Test with a plan in mind to appeal the decision. When the Mensa result came back, the parents were blown away by their daughter’s score – 162.
Apparently, Mia’s IQ is higher than Einstein’s who is believed to have an IQ of 140, and Stephen Hawking, who scored 160.
“We had completely forgotten about the test until we got the results. We couldn’t believe it when we found out. We were absolutely stunned,” said Mia’s mom, Mary; a full-time housewife.
Her father, Jose, an IT manager, was equally amazed and could not believe that his daughter belongs to the upper 2% in the world who has that score.
“We were amazed to find she scored the highest possible mark of 162 – more than Albert Einstein!” said dad Jose. “This puts her in the top one per cent of the population with high IQ.”
The Golosinos have migrated to the UK and had been living in Wolverton, Milton Keynes for the last 10 years.
Mia is also an avid ballet dancer and swimmer and dreams of being a judge when she grows up.
Since she was rejected by the Aylesbury High grammar school, Mia will be going to Royal Latin School in Buckingham who sent her an offer which they gladly accepted.
The parents said they just wanted to share their daughter’s story to inspire everyone not to give up their dreams of going to the school they want.
“We thought it might inspire other families whose kids did not get into their preferred school,” said Mr. Golosino.