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Student Makes the Grade on AP Tests

Most students find even one or two Advanced Placement tests to be a challenge. But last spring, Brandon Wong tackled nine of them in excellent form. He qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by scoring a 4 or above on all of his tests.

Wong graduated from Darien High School in the spring and now attends University College London in the United Kingdom. "I thought it would be a great experience to gain international exposure overseas," he said. "Also, knowing that I wanted to pursue a BSc in economics, I would be able to get a degree in three years in London versus four years in the States, paying only half the cost of tuition as well."

Wong's favorite subjects in high school were math and economics. He was also involved with the math team, debate team, Junior Engineering and Technical Society, and he ran track. In college, Wong wants to continue studying economics, where he hopes to pursue a career.

"At the moment I am just looking to do something in the business and finance sector," he said.

Wong scored a 5 on six of his tests, and a 4 on the other three. He said he prepared by following his AP classes and supplementing them with review books in economics and English.

"I found the English Language and Composition the hardest because I often find it a bit harder to write essays catered to the test-graders," he said. "However, that is the one test I put the most work into studying for as well, so it ultimately paid off." He scored a 5 on the English test.

Wong says he is enjoying London. "I am excited by my academic success, and maintaining it serves as motivation to continue putting forth my best efforts into doing well in school," he said.

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