He may have scored one of the region's highest university entrance ranks, but former Smith's Hill High School student Audi Li was cool, calm and collected yesterday.
The Horsley 17-year-old received an ATAR of 99.45 when marks were released.
"I'm pretty happy I guess, because I couldn't have asked for a better mark and I wasn't expecting it at all," he said.
He was able to relax this week, and during his Higher School Certificate, because he had already completed two mathematics subjects in 2011. Last year he scored the 14th highest advanced mathematics marks in NSW.
"It meant I was less stressed about marks this year," he said.
With a passion for financial markets, Audi studied chemistry, maths, economics, English and German for his HSC. Also fluent in Chinese, he plans to study finance and have an international career.
He advised future HSC students to relax.
"Don't stress too much, because while that can help, I found it better to be calm and just study what you need to," he said.