Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Workings of a Would-Be Genius?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Workings of a Would-Be Genius?

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Name: Craig Hope

Age: 23

Job: Journalist

Qualifications: GCSE (3 A*, 5 A, 1 B, 1 C), A-level (3 C), Degree (2:2)

Mensa Results: 138 (148 to qualify) and 121 (132 to qualify).

WHEN I agreed to the test my sole aim was to beat my colleague ( membership of Mensa was not something for which I longed.

So, having out-scored privately-educated Mitya you'd think I would be pleased? But why was I not good enough to join the elite society?

I started the test badly. I arrived late and poured myself a glass of neat cordial, not exactly the workings of a would-be genius.

The test was long, three hours almost and the questions were repetitive. Too many were based on sequences of shapes and after an hour it was a more question of mental strength than intelligence.

Our fellow wannabe-buffs included a 12-year-old boy, a teenage hoodie and two men who were quite clearly intoxicated.

The questions moved on to problem-solving and English language puzzles and did become more enjoyable. …

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