A Nigerian student emerges brightest in the world.
After answering a total of 100 questions in 44 minutes, and getting a mean score within the 90th percentile; The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) honored Fareedah Oyolola, as one of the brightest students in the world. Fareedah Oyolola is a secondary school student at Greensprings School, Lagos.
Miss Oyolola displayed this exceptional performance in the advanced School and College Ability Test (SCAT). SCAT is a standardized test conducted in the United States that measures math and verbal reasoning abilities in gifted children. Every student must undergo the SCAT in order for the CTY to determine their current academic abilities before admitting them into its talent search program.
Sharing her experience about the test, Fareedah said: “The test was a multiple-choice aptitude test in verbal and quantitative reasoning, and I had to answer 100 questions within 44 minutes! At the end of the test, my score was in the 92nd percentile for verbal reasoning and 87th percentile for quantitative reasoning.
There’s no way I would have gotten these high scores with such a limited time window if not for the great work put in by my teachers, towards developing my comprehension abilities and mathematical reasoning skills. I am very grateful to them.”
The Executive Director of CTY , Virginia Roach congratulated Fareedah and other outstanding students across the world. She said, “We are thrilled to celebrate these students. In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond.”
Similarly, the school principal at Greensprings Anthony campus, Mrs Magdalene Okrikri, expressed her satisfaction with Fareedah’s honour. he said, “This honour brings great joy to my heart. Fareedah’s achievement is a testament that our Thinking School programme is rewarding to our students, helping them to develop mentally and strengthening their cognitive abilities.”
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is an initiative of Johns Hopkins University committed to nurturing extraordinary young minds. Its 2020 – 2021 programme draws nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries. Fareedah and other honourees from other countries are expected to attend a summer programme in the United States or Hong Kong