He is the youngest Malaysian candidate to take the exams. <small> Cover image via New Straits Times Lee Eming/Facebook </small>
An eight-year-old boy obtained a grade A for the Mathematics Extended Cambridge IGCSE paper he sat for last year
According to New Straits Times, Isaac Gew Ern Yi, who is a Standard Three student at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Wu Teck in Klang, is the youngest Malaysian candidate to take the exams.
The exam, which is an international certification for the end of secondary school and equivalent to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), is usually taken by students aged between 16 and 18.
Despite his young age, Issac’s mother Rebecca Sook Hui Tay said that he breezed through the paper albeit only having seven months to prepare for it.
The Extended Mathematics IGCSE paper includes topics that any primary school student may find extremely difficult, such as advanced algebra
However, Issac is no ordinary eight-year-old.
He is a quick learner, studying via YouTube tutorials and completing past year exam papers with guidance from both his parents, as well as a tuition teacher.
“Having competed in many Mathematics Olympiads helped him to get ready for the exam too,” Rebecca said, as quoted by New Straits Times.
Moreover, Isaac is also a member of Mensa Singapore, the society for people with an Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in the top two per cent of the population
Isaac has always been passionate about numbers ever since he was young, counting up to 100 at the age of one and doing multiplications at just three years old.
To add on to his achievements, Isaac has won multiple Gold and Championship Awards in national and international Mathematics Olympiad since he was in Standard One.
“Currently, he is preparing for IGCSE for Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Computer Science,” his mom added.
Although Isaac may be studious, he is still a happy-go-lucky boy and does other hobbies and activities outside of studying
During his leisure time, Isaac would do archery, computer coding, and swimming together with his younger brother.
“As for Isaac’s future plans, we want him to finish his primary school first. We feel that going to school helps him learn social skills as he can be with friends of his age,” Rebecca said.
Recently, nine primary school students representing Malaysia nabbed a medal each at the World International Mathematical Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan:
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