Forget Barney and playtime, this five year old is busy earning IT certificates

ayan qureshi youngest to pass microsoft it exam
Meet six year old Ayan Qureshi, the youngest-ever certified computer specialist. While many kids his age are busy learning basic addition and subtraction, this youngster aced his Microsoft Certified Professional exams in September, when he was still five.

Technically, he was five years and 11 months old at the time. That’s seven months younger than the whiz-kid who previously held the title of youngest certified computer specialist.

Born to U.K.-based Pakistani immigrants Asim, and Mamoona Qureshi, Ayan was introduced to computers when he was only three by his father, who is an IT consultant. It didn’t take long for Mr. Qureshi to notice that Ayan was absorbing information unusually fast, and developing a passion for Windows as well.

In no time, the boy wonder picked up the basics of both hardware and software operation, installation, and troubleshooting.

However, a roadblock in Ayan’s IT development path appeared when overseers of Microsoft Certified Professional tests at Birmingham City University initially refused to allow the young boy to take the exam.

They thought he couldn’t handle it, but once Microsoft gave its blessing, there was no stopping little Ayan. Though the evaluation included tricky multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, hotspot, and scenario-based questions, Ayan solved them all well under the two hours that’s allotted to all test takers.

Ayan Qureshi Microsoft Certified

According to the the official Microsoft Certified Professional program page, the certificate “validates IT professional and developer technical expertise through rigorous, industry-proven and industry-recognized exams.”

Clearly, earning this certification is no walk in the park, especially for a youngster who should still be learning basic math. As far as a future career path goes, the BBC reports that Ayan has his eyes set on the tech industry, unsurprisingly.

Among Ayan’s life goals are the creation of a British Silicon Valley equivalent. E-Valley will be its name, and it could be only a matter of time until we start hearing of one or several start-ups founded by Ayan Qureshi.

And to think that this writer was proud of being able to read his first fairy tale on his own at the age of five.

Goodbye self esteem, we hardly knew ye.


New ‘Battlefield V’ patch gives Nvidia’s ray tracing support a chance to shine

‘Battlefield V’ is the first game to use Nvidia’s ray tracing support, now available with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The feature can, in an ideal scenario, make the game look better, but the performance hit may not be…
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

Changing file associations in Windows 10 is quick and easy with these steps

Learning how to change file associations can make editing certain file types much quicker than manually selecting your preferred application every time you open them. Just follow these short steps and you'll be on your way in no time.

Intel's dedicated GPU is not far off -- here's what we know

Did you hear? Intel is working on a dedicated graphics card. It's called Arctic Sound and though we don't know a lot about it, we know that Intel has some ex-AMD Radeon graphics engineers developing it.

Edit, sign, append, and save with six of the best PDF editors

There are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, and though the selection is robust, finding a solid solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here, we've rounded up best PDF editors, so you can edit no matter your budget or OS.

How to easily record your laptop screen with apps you already have

Learning how to record your computer screen shouldn't be a challenge. Lucky for you, our comprehensive guide lays out how to do so using a host of methods, including both free and premium utilities, in both MacOS and Windows 10.

From beautiful to downright weird, check out these great dual monitor wallpapers

Multitasking with two monitors doesn't necessarily mean you need to split your screens with two separate wallpapers. From beautiful to downright weird, here are our top sites for finding the best dual monitor wallpapers for you.

Capture screenshots with print screen and a few alternative methods

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, and it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here's how to perform the important function in just a few, easy steps.

These cheap laptops will make you wonder why anyone spends more

Looking for a budget notebook for school, work, or play? The best budget laptops, including our top pick -- the Asus ZenBook UX331UA -- will get the job done without digging too deeply into your pockets.

Vanquish lag for good with the best routers for gaming

Finding the best routers for gaming is no easy task. With so many out there, how do you know which to pick? We've looked at the many options available and put together a list of our lag-free favorites.

Stop your PC's vow of silence with these tips on how to fix audio problems

Sound problems got you down? Don't worry, with a few tweaks and tricks we'll get your sound card functioning as it should, and you listening to your favorite tunes and in-game audio in no time.
Product Review

It's not the sharpest tool, but the Surface Go does it all for $400

Microsoft has launched the $400 Surface Go to take on both the iPad and Chromebooks, all without compromising its core focus on productivity. Does it work as both a tablet and a PC?