The Avondale student is not only the best in his class but the best in the world for English
Justin Yang is very grateful that all the hard work he put in paid off. Photo / Provided
Justin Yang is not only the best in New Zealand for English at his level – he is the best in the world.
The Year 11 student from Avondale College passed the University of Cambridge International English Examination, scoring 99%.
While he admits others around the world may also have gotten 99%, no one got 100%.
The review, which took place just days after Auckland emerged from lockdown in November last year, focused on four trials.
One was about a poem he had read during the year, another about a novel and two about plays – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Yang told Checkpoint he was surprised when he saw his results.
“I had written how I felt about literature and my opinion of it, and I thought that would have been good, but I didn’t expect to score so well.
“I was very excited because I didn’t expect to get such a good score. I didn’t really expect the top of New Zealand or the top of the world.”
Yang said he was very grateful that all the hard work he put in paid off.
“You aim for 100 but you never expect it, but you want to work for it to get it and love it, even if I don’t get a 100 like even in my school career, I’m quite happy with it. As if I have good grades.”
He not only scored exceptionally high in English, but also scored 93% in math.
However, he said that he had always been more inclined towards the social sciences, but did not choose those subjects.
“I guess the word prowess is very appropriate here, like that kind of ability that just transferred into English and I really enjoyed it.”