Siblings achieve top scores in pre-U exams


Ivan (back row, left) and Eugene (right) with their parents.

JOHOR BARU: Two Johor siblings’ pre-university scores have placed them in the top 4% of the world.

Ivan, 20, and Eugene Chong, 19, both from Sunway College Johor Baru, achieved incredible results in their Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) programme.

Ivan received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 96.7 in 2018, which saw him in the top 3.3% when compared with other students around the world. He is now pursuing a degree in Information Security with the National University of Singapore.

His younger brother Eugene managed to outdo him, receiving an ATAR score of 99.10, which places him at the top 0.9% in the world.

When asked what advice he had for other students, Eugene said daily revisions and seeking out lecturers for help was his recipe for success.

“There is no short cut to good results, you have to be consistent and start revising every day from the beginning of the semester.

“I am also grateful that my lecturers were always available when I needed them, ” he said, adding that the short-term stay provided on campus during exam week enabled him to spend more time revising instead of travelling to campus.

The boys’ father, David Chong, 66, said he was glad the college had highlighted the features of their many courses.

“Sunway College Johor Baru did a great job explaining the key features of each and every programme,

“I could then sit down with the boys and discuss the available options, ” he said, adding that was how they decided on the AUSMAT programme.

AUSMAT is a one-year programme which is widely accepted for university admission worldwide for its high standards and quality of its curriculum.

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