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A-grade starlet reveals actuarial ambition

A boy from Hampshire, England has become the youngest person to pass the mathematics A-level examination with an A grade and says he wants to be an actuary. Zohaib Ahmed from Chandler’s Ford sat the A-level exam when he was eight. He was nine when the results were published. He beat the record held by Hong Kong prodigy March Boedihardjo, set when he was nine years and three months old.

Zohaib’s brother also stands out in his academic performance and scored 96% in his further maths A-level examination. The brothers attend Knightwood Primary School. After excelling at an exam usually written by students twice his age, Zohaib said he was really happy to have broken the record and scoring 90% in achieving his A grade. “I was really surprised but I was confident,” he added.

His ambition is to work in the City as an actuary specialising in pensions and insurance. Having spent three to five hours revising during weekends and one to three hours during the week, Zohaib is well-suited to tackle the actuarial examinations and shows remarkable discipline at such an early age.

The Ahmed boys are grateful to their parents for their support. Their mother is very proud of their achievements and believes they are due to good planning and hard work. She believes they also have plenty of leisure time to play computer games and watch television. Saadia Ahmed said: “I would look to see if they were on target and then work through it. They like playing around and football and we made sure they had a lot of time playing.”