A Malaysian toddler living in England has become the youngest member of
Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, 3, was invited to join the organization after meeting a psychologist and scoring 142 on the Stanford-Binet scale, arguably the most respected standardized test for measuring general intelligence.
Now in its fifth edition, the test measures five weighted factors, namely: knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing, working memory and fluid reasoning.
MENSA has its own IQ test for individuals aged 10 and above, but those below 10 must take another test under the supervision of an educational psychologist.
With his Stanford-Binet score and psychologist’s evaluation, Nadzim qualified for the British MENSA.
“Well done to Haryz on his invitation to MENSA,” said John Stevenage, chief executive of MENSA UK, according to CNN.
“He is obviously a very bright young man and we are delighted to welcome him to MENSA.”
Ahead of his MENSA membership, Nadzim has studied at Kumon, a global afterschool math and reading program based in Japan. Last September, he became part of its honor roll for being advanced in both subjects.
Despite his mind-blowing early achievements, Nadzim is also just your “typical” 3-year-old, according to his mother Nur Anira Asyikin.
“He is very much a 3-year-old in every other sense. He enjoys jumping in puddles, painting, singing, all the normal stuff for a child of that age,” Asyikin told Metro.co.uk.
“It’s exciting and we are sure this [MENSA membership] will help him in giving him a little bit of belief and confidence in himself so he can better benefit society in the future. We hope we can provide him with an environment that will motivate him to learn. The most important thing is that he is happy with what he is doing, and we will be proud of him no matter what he achieves.”
Child prodigies have long interested scientists and inspired the public, but the pressure that comes with such gifts can take a toll when left unchecked.
But of course, stellar IQ scores do not guarantee practical success.
“[A high IQ is] like a toolbox — it gives children the equipment to learn, but they still have to put in the effort and practice to become expert at something,” said Ann Clarkson, a MENSA spokeswoman, according to The New York Times.
Still, what made Nadzim unique is “his ability to learn very quickly and process information fast,” she added.
Nadzim has a YouTube channel with more than 3,000 subscribers. He also has an Instagram page with over 2,600 followers, many of whom have congratulated him and his family on his MENSA membership.
“[A] very unique kid.”
“Congratulations little brainbox.”
“Hope to see you soon in Harvard, Haryz.”
“Very inspiring little kid. May Allah bless him.”
“He will be amazing. I believe in him. He motivates me.”