It's official: At 5 years old, Theo Costa Ribeiro is the youngest Brazilian to become a member of the high IQ society Mensa International! The tot's intelligence was confirmed through a 6-day test and scored 146 points, which is equivalent to to 99.8 percent.
According to the report, his score means he's as smart as a 15-year-old. Previously, 8-year-old Gustavo Saldanha was the youngest Brazilian to join Mensa International, with a score of 140 points or 99.6 percent.
"Theo underwent six days of comprehensive testing that looked at all cognitive nuance," noted Fabiano de Abreu Agrela, a member of the Society for Neuroscience. "I can affirm that we have a promising Brazilian genius."
Ribeiro has already skipped one grade of school, but due to education laws in Brazil, he won't be allowed to advance more than two grades, which is why his parents are contemplating a move to America, where he would have a multitude of educational opportunities at his fingertips.
However, the family also has some hesitations when it comes to fast-tracking. "There was the possibility of advancing more than a year, but we chose to go slowly, because the emotional aspect is also important," explained the boy's father, Ygor Tazinaffo. "Theo did very well and we were not surprised that he quickly made friends with his new classmates."
Regardless of when he's ready for college, Ribeiro has already received a scholarship from Logos University in Florida, but the brood have their sights set on something bigger, as they're hoping for him to receive offers from ivy league schools like Harvard and Oxford.
Mensa International, known as the "High IQ Society," has around 145,000 members of all ages in over 100 countries.
Mensa states that they have three purposes: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence, and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.
Once you're accepted, members have three main activities: "the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings, investigations of members' opinions and attitudes, and assistance to researchers, both inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa."