Former Boise High student one of few in the world to ace AP econ test

Max Mulcahy always liked math. But he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with it.

He tried a couple of physics classes. “But I didn’t like the science part of math,” he told the Statesman.

In his senior year, he took an AP microeconomics class. Suddenly, everything made sense.

“I find it to be relevant,” he said. “I can apply it to what I am doing in my life.”

Max Mulcahy

Max Mulcahy

Last spring, before he graduated, he took the Advanced Placement microeconomics test and ended up being one of just 33 in the world — out of 67,682 who took the exam — to get a perfect score. (For you math folks, that is .048757 percent).

He knew at the time he had a chance of getting a perfect score, Mulcahy said: “I was extremely confident I had destroyed (the test).”

The previous year, Sam Faucher, another Boise High student, got a perfect score on the exam.

At his Boise High economics class, Mulcahy would ask teacher John Coulthard lots of questions. “He’d stop the lecture to explain to me and the whole class,” Mulcahy said. “He really helped me understand.”

Mulcahy, 18, now is attending the University of Virginia and planning a double major in economics and commerce.

He doesn’t need to take a freshman economics course. Acing the AP exam means he got credit for it in high school. Next semester, he’s hoping to get into an intermediate economics class and start studying his favorite subject once again.

Meanwhile, he picks up the Wall Street Journal now and again to catch up on economic news.

He’s not sure where his interest in economics will take him.

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