I am often asked by children, whom I evaluate for gifted programs, and their parents, what is a "genius IQ score?" And I tell them, quite matter of factly, there is none. Genius is what one accomplishes in life, not the score one makes on a test of mental ability. As a practical guideline, I advise parents, who are typically more concerned than their children about what their scores mean, that any child that scores around 115 (or higher than two thirds of their peers) has the general intellectual ability to succeed in virtually any endeavor that is accompanied by interest and application. University of California at Berkley educational psychologist Arthur Jensen, Ph.D., wrote that beyond one standard deviation above the mean (an IQ score of around 115), "the IQ level becomes relatively unimportant in terms of ordinary occupational aspirations and criteria of success."
William E. Benet, Ph.D., Psy.D.