Wherever Sahil Jain and Christopher Zhou attend college, they already have a pretty good indication that they will succeed in studying economics and medicine respectively.
Jain, 16, a senior at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie, scored a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam. Zhou, 17, a senior at McDowell High School in Millcreek Township, received a perfect score in AP Research.
“I was excited,” Jain said after hearing about his perfect score last month. “It just tells me that I’m pretty good at economics…and that I’ll be successful if I go into economics.”
Zhou said, “I was really excited and a little happy and a little surprised. It was very cool.
He was one of 306 students worldwide who achieved perfect results in research. Only about 1% of all AP Research students got a perfect score, said Zhou’s professor at McDowell, Rob Hodgson.
Jain was one of 49 students to earn full marks on the AP macroeconomics exam, according to a statement from the Erie School District. Jain and his macroeconomics professor, Jeff Weiss, said about 135,000 students took the test this year.
Trevor Packer, manager of the Advanced Placement Program, said in an Erie School District press release that “courses and AP exams are college-level, requiring great focus and perseverance among participating students.”
Jain said that during his first two years of high school, he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. After hearing his dad and his dad’s friend talk about the stock market, he enrolled during his freshman year in Weiss’ AP Macroeconomics course to help him explore what he wanted to do in college. coming.
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“It’s the big picture of a market economy,” Weiss said when explaining macroeconomics, which takes into account factors like inflation and unemployment. Her class, which typically has 15 to 20 students, uses a college-level textbook.
“I liked it,” Jain said. “It’s one of my favorite classes.”
Weiss said Jain’s performance in class led the teacher to believe the student would do well on the test. He said he was “terribly excited” for Jain to receive a perfect score.
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Jain said he learned everything he needed to know about macroeconomics to take the AP exam at the end of his freshman year.
“It was pretty easy,” he said of the two-hour test, admitting he was done in half that time. “It wasn’t terrible. I really studied a lot for it.”
Depending on the college he attends, Jain might receive credit for passing the exam.
“My dream school is Wharton (University of Pennsylvania School),” he said. He’s not sure if he’ll be majoring in finance or economics, but said AP macroeconomics has definitely influenced his future plans.
Jain is the son of Pavan and Nirmala Jain of Millcreek Township and the younger brother of Collegiate Academy graduate Tia Jain.
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Zhou’s path to perfection was slightly different. He said that instead of an actual test, he wrote a 4,000-5,000 word paper and gave a 20-minute presentation with a 5-minute oral defense in the spring of his freshman year.
His paper was titled “A Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of the Hemodynamics of Carotid Artery Bifurcation”.
Zhou said it wasn’t as complicated as the tile implied. The carotid arteries, which are in the neck and supply blood to the brain, are prone to plaque buildup that leads to complications such as strokes, he said. He looked at another way to analyze blood flow and plaque buildup.
He said he wanted to research something related to the medical field and he had done an internship at a local hospital which included the cardiac section. He also credited his father – a professor at Penn State Behrend who uses simulation programs – with inspiring him.
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Part of the appeal of taking the AP course, Zhou said, was that he could choose what he wanted to research.
“AP Research lets you go and learn what you want to learn,” he said.
Hodgson said AP Research gives students the ability to dictate their own learning.
“It’s an incredibly impressive achievement,” he said of Zhou’s score.
Zhou wants to pursue a pre-medical course in college, although he hasn’t decided which one yet. He said he was considering Ivy League schools and that would be followed by medical school.
He is the son of Jun Zhou and Sujie Zhang of Millcreek and the older brother of Caleb Zhou, a student at Walnut Creek Middle School in Millcreek.
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