The news of a 9-year-old girl Zhang Yiwen that participated in the gaokao in Henan province has raised great attention from the society. Zhang’s father Zhang Yadong announced her score: 46 in Chinese, 37 in math, 37 in English, and 58 in the comprehensive ability test.
Zhang Yiwen said she was not nervous at all when she took the exams. Her father said Yiwen’s performance in the exam was quite general, and that there would be better preparation needed to have a chance in next year’s gaokao.
Intelligence seems to run in the family. Zhang’s father finished all the courses in 8 years and then went to Beijing University to study. After he got his doctor’s degree, he became a teacher himself. When his daughter turned 4, Zhang and his wife started home schooling Zhang.
“Four years ago my wife and I went back to our hometown of Shangqiu and established an old-style private school. Our daughter stayed at home and learned from us. Based on her own situation, she finished primary school courses and a portion of middle school courses. We hope she can have a happy learning process,” said Zhang’s father.
Zhang’s father signed her up for the 2016 gaokao during this year’s spring festival and spent a couple of months helping her with her preparation for the science comprehensive ability test.