‘Exam-lover’ man takes 41st college exam in 59 years

Beyazıt Şenbük – ISTANBUL

A man from the northern province of Samsun, who his friends call “examholic”, took part in the annual university qualification examinations on June 18 and 19, appearing for the 41st time.


“Rather than going to university, I like to take exams,” said Adem Topçuoğlu, 59.

Although he passed the exams, he has no intention of going to university because he is already studying religious studies at a university.

“Next year I will graduate and I will get my fifth degree,” he said. “I already have four degrees: three associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree.”

When asked about the motive for this behavior, he pointed to the year 1980, when he took his first university qualifying exam.

“I successively passed the exams for three years, but I didn’t pass, so I did my military service,” he noted.

His time in the military is the only time he hasn’t taken an exam since he was 17.

“Over time, I gained experience with exams and question styles,” he noted.


He also has something to say to young people.

“When they fail exams and can’t get into a university, they think it’s the end of the world,” he said. ” No, this is not the case. Once, twice… Try… I tell them: “You see, it’s my 41st time.

In Turkey, vehicle registration plates begin with traffic codes from 01 to 81, indicating in which of the 81 provinces the vehicle is registered.

From next year, Topçuoğlu will follow traffic laws and pass exams in this province. His 42nd exam attempt will be in the central Anatolian province of Konya.

“People who know me invited me to take next year’s exam in Konya because its traffic code is 42. I liked the idea so I will then take all the exams following the plate numbers,” he added.

As a result, he will come in 43rd in the Aegean province of Kütahya, 44th in the eastern province of Malatya and 45th in the Aegean province of Manisa.

“Examiner” Topçuoğlu also said that he plans to enter the Guinness Book of Records for taking the most exams.



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