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    Feb 21, 2014

    Only 3 and she's in Mensa


    SHE'S not even in kindergarten, but a three-year-old Arizona girl has been accepted into an exclusive global society known for its brain power.

    With an IQ above 160, Alexis Martin of suburban Queen Creek is the youngest member in the Arizona chapter of Mensa, a Phoenix television station reported.

    Alexis - who reads at a fifth-grade level and taught herself Spanish using her parents' iPad - qualified by scoring among the top 2 per cent of the general population on a standardised intelligence test, her father, Ian, said.

    He told ABC15 in an interview that the family began noticing that something about their daughter was different when she was just a year old.

    "She would recite her bedtime story from the night before," he told the station. "She didn't just recite them, she also recited them exactly."

    Mr Martin told ABC15 that Alexis, who started reading at two, can be amazing with her special gift.

    "Any time she learns a word... she never uses it in the wrong context," he said.

    Mr Martin could not be reached for comment by Reuters on Wednesday.

    Alexis is one of 3,300 Mensa members under 18 in the United States, with another 56,000 adults belonging to the group nationwide, a spokesman for the organisation said.