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Genius teen has IQ higher than Einstein

Worcester Editorial 8th Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A TEENAGER studying at a city school has recored an IQ higher than Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Bill Gates.

Brainbox Paulius Zabotka received 162 in the challenge, which puts him in the “genius” bracket and in the top one per cent of intelligent people throughout the country.

The 14-year-old, who goes to Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, went to Birmingham on Saturday, September 13, to sit the Mensa test.

It was the highest score possible for someone under the age of 18, but the Year 10 student was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

“I feel happy, but I won’t feel really happy until I have done something with it,” he said. “There’s no point having really good test scores and not doing anything with it.

“At first I didn’t know what to think, I was happy because I did well in the test which is always a good thing. I tried my best that was all I knew.

“I wasn’t sure how much my best could get me but obviously it’s turned out to be a good amount.”

Born in Lithuania, Paulius moved the the Faithful City when he was five and despite wanting to study engineering at Cambridge University, the talented teen didn’t want to look too far ahead.

“I don’t really ever think too far in the future,” he added. “I have still got time. I would rather focus on my GCSEs. I would be happy if I passed them but ideally I would like to have all A*s.”

Proud mum Egle Zabotkiene added: “Of course we are very proud, but it wasn’t a shock to us.

“You can tell when somebody’s bright, he’s always been a smart boy so I expected results a bit higher than average, but definitely not 162.

“I know he didn’t put much effort into that test as well, he wasn’t very happy to go there because he wanted to have a lie in so I’m sure he did it just for the sake of doing it.”

Mensa say the average person scores around 100 and anything over 140 is considered to fall into the genius category.

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