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GCSE maths like playing a game, says A* boy, nine

Abhinav Santhiramohan, from Luton, was awarded an A* in GCSE maths Credit: PA

A nine-year-old boy who passed his GCSE maths exam with the top grade today compared the test to a puzzle-solving computer game.

Abhinav Santhiramohan, from Luton, was awarded an A* after taking his GCSE exam seven years early. He even completed the paper with 45 minutes to spare.

Abhinav, who attends Meads Primary School in Luton, now hopes to take his A-level maths exam when he turns 11.

"I felt nervous and confident at the same time," he said. "When I found out it was an A*, it was really surprising."

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