British boy passes Microsoft exam at 5 years old

Ayan Qureshi took the exam at Birmingham University, where officials sought permission from Microsoft to test the young boy.

By Ben Hooper
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WALSGRAVE, England, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A boy in Britain who took the Microsoft Certified Professional exam at the age of 5 has become the world's youngest person to pass the test.

Ayan Qureshi, who is now 6, took the exam at Birmingham University at the age of 5 years and 11 months and officials administering the test had to make a special call to Microsoft to ensure they were allowed to give the test to someone so young.


Qureshi, of Walsgrave, England, is now the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, officials said.

"We are just so proud of him," the boy's father, Asim Qureshi, told the Express newspaper. "He has plans to take an advanced test in the future but he has to concentrate on school for now. He was very interested in computers from the age of three so I started explaining to him about hardware and software and installing programs."

He said the boy was given a certificate that he now keeps on display in his bedroom.

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