We are delighted to report that a Keystone student has recorded the fantastic achievement of obtaining an A in IGCSE despite his being only 13 years old – a full 3 years before the intended age for GCSE. Approximately 0.05% of students even sit the exam at this age, let alone achieve an A.
Whilst living abroad and attending a bilingual school, Thomas started online Maths lessons with Keystone Tutors. From the first lessons, Thomas showed excellent academic potential leading his tutor, Daniel Glorioso, to consider the possibility of preparing him for an IGCSE from such an early age. In Daniel’s words: “Thomas was very enthusiastic about the idea and had full support from his family; from the start, he accepted that it was going to take hard work and dedication; he always responded positively and made us very proud today, as it was expected from him”.
Thomas followed the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE syllabus, which includes topics that other examination boards exclude, such as matrices or exponential functions, and hence is considered to be more challenging and prestigious.
After receiving just one online Maths lesson per week over 16 months, Thomas sat both Cambridge IGCSE Maths papers at the “extended” (higher) level. He has just received his final score: a very well deserved A (83%). Many congratulations!
He is already being prepared online for A level Maths by Daniel, and is planning to sit the AS exams by November 2016 (when he will be 14), also following the CIE syllabus.
Good luck Thomas!
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