Home-schooled girl ready for college in the US

(China Daily)
Updated: 2011-05-30 08:53
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A girl in Jilin province has received seven college admission notices, even though she has gone to school for only eight years.

Zhang Jiarui, 17, learned everything that is taught in Chinese schools in grades one to eight in just two years with the help of her father.

When she had finished primary school, Zhang's father noticed she had not mastered much basic knowledge and began to teach her at home.

Zhang scored a 1990 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a standardized test used to gauge the quality of applicants to colleges in the United States. She also scored a 110 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

She will study at Brigham Young University, which has offered her a $2,000 scholarship and $7,900 for working for the university every year.

After spending a week learning to drive, the girl is learning to speak Japanese and to cook.

(City Evening News)