Ayan Qureshi is in many ways a normal young boy. Apart from the fact that, at the age of just five years old, he passed an exam to become the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional ever.


Ayan—whose dad happens to be an IT consultant—had to answer a selection of multiple choice, drag-n-drop and scenario-based questions to pass the test, which is usually taken by people who want to become IT technicians. He explained to the BBC that he found the exam "difficult but enjoyable."

"The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a five-year-old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory," explained Ayan's father Asim to the BBC. "Too much computing at this age can cause a negative effect, but in Ayan's case he has cached this opportunity."


Since passing the exam, Ayan has built his own home network, and spends around two hours each day learning about operating systems and software. Apparently, he hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day. [BBC]

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