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4-year-old genius boy scores over 98% in IQ test, graduates US high school at 10

Four-year-old Tanishq Abraham has joined the world’s association for highly intelligent individuals, making him one of the brightest minds globally.

Tanishq Abraham from Sacramento, California made history as one of the youngest Americans ever to be admitted to MENSA, one the largest and oldest high-IQ society worldwisw.

To be eligible for membership, an individual must score at or above the 98th percentile on a standardized intelligence test, such as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale or the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.

The young genius started homeschooling at the age of 7 and was able to navigate through high school in just three years. He completed California’s early-exit high school exam and his parents decided to celebrate his graduation.

 

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“It turned out to be a very nice ceremony. He loves home-schooling, but he had said that the only thing that made him sad is that once he gets a diploma, he would want to be able to walk in a cap and gown,” Abraham’s mother, Taji Abraham, told TODAY.com.

“That’s something every child should have. It’s not like we were trying to brag. We just wanted to give that honor to him. The word ‘off’ is not in his vocabulary, He always needs something to work on. He just can’t sit idle,” she added.

At the ceremony, his younger sister, aged 8 and also a MENSA member, honored him by singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Tanishq also gave a speech in which he thanked his parents and credited them for his success.

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Tanishq’s father worked extra hours at his job to get time off to take Tanishq to science conferences and events across the country and also served as his son’s teacher in math, physics, engineering, and programming.

Tanishq’s parents said they also worked to ensure that he does not miss out on being a kid amid all his academic accomplishments.

“He doesn’t get fazed by all this attention. He is just a happy-go-lucky kid. As parents, we try to keep both kids grounded and give them a childhood. We try to balance everything out,” Tari said.

They mentioned that Tanishq has been taking classes at American River College since he was seven years old. They added that he will soon obtain an associate’s degree and expects to graduate from a four-year university by the time he is 12 or 13. 

Tanishq’s mother said she also enrolled in classes at American River College when Tanishq began studying there. She said the other students originally thought he was just there with his mother and did not realize Tanishq was enrolled himself.

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