The boy so set on getting to Cambridge he got 22 A-levels

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The boy so set on getting to Cambridge he got 22 A-levels | Mail Online

One ambition was fixed in Ali Moeen Nawazish’s mind as he made his way through school in Pakistan. He wanted to win a place at Cambridge.

Sitting seven A-levels might easily have done the trick, even though he had started to study some of the subjects only three days before the exam.

But he was determined to get some good grades. So he sat another three, and three more. Then another nine. Just in case, he took a couple of AS levels along the way.

The result? The remarkable young student, who modestly explains he has ‘quite a thirst for knowledge’, secured 22 A grades, one B and a C.

When he filled out his university application forms at home in Rawalpindi there was barely enough space to list his qualifications.

His Cambridge dream came true four months ago when he embarked on a computer science degree course at Trinity Hall. Now he is due to win another place - in the Guinness Book of Records.

Yesterday Ali, 18, explained, perhaps superfluously, that he rather enjoys hard work. He’s got even more qualifications in his sights to fulfil another ambition.

‘I’m doing my current degree because I love it,’ he said. 'But what I want to do for the rest of my life is to be a doctor, so I hope to go on to study medicine.'

Ali, who speaks Urdu, English and Punjabi, sat all the exams within 12 months at Rawalpindi’s Roots College International. His entry was organised through accredited boards Ed-Excel and Cambridge International Examinations.

Ali also achieved a top score in the U.S. admissions test and was accepted by most Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and Yale. Apart from core science subjects he is almost entirely self taught. He studied for up to 12 hours a day, using energy drinks to help concentrate.

The 18 year-old boy genius took the long list of exams within 12-months netting himself 22 A grades, one B and one C

He still managed to keep up his leisure pursuits, however, playing the guitar, cricket and table tennis, and editing his school newspaper. He even found time for a trip to America to attend a Harvard leadership course.

But it wasn’t always like that.

Ali’s incredible talent began to emerge only at the age of 15. He was a chubby boy and rather solitary and many of his early results were mediocre.

He said: ‘Then one day it all clicked. I needed to prove to myself, and to others, that I could do it.’ At O-level - still an internationally recognised qualification - he got nine A grades.

Then came the A-levels. His mother Nisar Malik, 48, father Zaka Ullah, 51, both doctors, though worried about his workload, were very supportive. ‘They always said that if I was happy, they were happy,’ he said. 'Now they love the fact that I’ve done so well.'

So just how does he manage to achieve so much? One teacher described him as having ‘a mind like a scanner’ but Ali says he does not have a photographic memory.

He simply enjoys learning. 'The way I work is by spending ten minutes on one subject, then switching to another, then another. It’s a bit haphazard but it works.'

He retained the knowledge by linking facts to funny anecdotes he invented, and by reading around the subjects.

Hardest part was the exams, which he described as ‘a mental endurance battle’. For two weeks he had a minimum of four every day, sometimes from 8am to midnight to avoid timetable clashes.

Dr Nick Bampos, senior tutor at Trinity Hall, said the first time he and his colleagues saw Ali’s application they found it hard to believe.

Dr Bampos said: ‘But not only is he really bright, he is really charming. He might be a computer scientist but he shatters all the stereotypes. We’re delighted to have him.’

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Excellent achievement by this lad!

Holy crap... I thought my 3 A's were good. But I hope he doesn't turn into one of those 'professional students', whose sole aim in life is to gather a mass of qualifications and certificates and not really do anything practical!

imagine what his pakistani friends must be going through, everyday they are reminded.. Ali got 22 A's, what did u get? *hell* dont let yr parents read the news.

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imagine what his pakistani friends must be going through, everyday they are reminded… Ali got 22 A’s, what did u get? hell dont let yr parents read the news.
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LMAO. so true…

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hell dont let yr parents read the news.
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ROTFL!!! :D :smiley:

Well, how much time did he took? :/

EDIT: 12 MONTHS.. HOLY CRAP!

Mind blowing yaar

!shocked!

not very much shocking and dont get impressed from the qualification..These are mere crappy papers...

agree with above. of those 22, about 5 are the real subjects. rest are just BS and i'm very sure Cambridge didnt take those into consideration. he might actually go into the record books as the biggest idiot ever who doesnt know how the system works.

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not very much shocking and dont get impressed from the qualification…These are mere crappy papers…
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agree with above. of those 22, about 5 are the real subjects. rest are just BS and i’m very sure Cambridge didnt take those into consideration. he might actually go into the record books as the biggest idiot ever who doesnt know how the system works.
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So I guess you two have 23 A grades to prove that? :confused:

I find it disconcerting that those of us who can do nothing, try to bring down those who actually do something. It is kinda pathetic. Talk less. Do more.

I won’t even emphasize the religious angle about education.

Well I dont know much about cambridge system. Bu ti guess there only 5 or 3 papers to pass!! How he got 22 A's den ? :/

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Well I dont know much about cambridge system. Bu ti guess there only 5 or 3 papers to pass!! How he got 22 A’s den ? :confused:
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It’s an opt in system. You give papers for which ever subject you want. Normally, students in Pakistan appear in 4-5 subjects. This guy did 22.

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So I guess you two have 23 A grades to prove that? :confused:

I find it disconcerting that those of us who can do nothing, try to bring down those who actually do something. It is kinda pathetic. Talk less. Do more.

I won’t even emphasize the religious angle about education.

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did u do A levels? if you did, then the fact that you dont get what i’m saying is well…leave it.

and if you didnt do A levels, then its pointless arguing with you. you just saw the number 22 and you got excited. good for you!

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It’s an opt in system. You give papers for which ever subject you want. Normally, students in Pakistan appear in 4-5 subjects. This guy did 22.

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Ok… You mean like we have options to go for as many subjects as we can and this guy … Dman. I wont even think of attepmting … :confused: lol genuis man

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Ok… You mean like we have options to go for as many subjects as we can and this guy … Dman. I wont even think of attepmting … :confused: lol genuis man

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Yes. A-levels is a flexible system.

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did u do A levels? if you did, then the fact that you dont get what i’m saying is well…leave it.

and if you didnt do A levels, then its pointless arguing with you. you just saw the number 22 and you got excited. good for you!

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I did A Levels alright.

The fact is that actually doing something and merely talking about it are two different things. Collectively as a nation, we are talkers, not doers. You just prove that point. Do something before criticizing those who actually do it and achieve something. To put it concisely, either put up or shut up. No offense intended.

Be happy that someone else from this nation actually achieved something.

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not very much shocking and dont get impressed from the qualification…These are mere crappy papers…
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ahhh man very unfair

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I did A Levels alright.

The fact is that actually doing something and merely talking about it are two different things. Collectively as a nation, we are talkers, not doers. You just prove that point. Do something before criticizing those who actually do it and achieve something. To put it concisely, either put up or shut up. No offense intended.

Be happy that someone else from this nation actually achieved something.

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Quoted for emphasis. :)

This guy was my junior in school. I hated him (and no, I'm not ranting).

As freaky as he was (and is), you can't deny the fact that he managed to get decent grades.

Edit: more than decent grades.

And I used to call him "fatty Moeen"... not in front of him obviously. (I hope he's not on this forum).

And WHY is it that wherever I go, someone's talking about Ali Moeen here and there? I mean - I'm sick of him! Ugh! (yes, a long story prevails)