The Maths A level is an exam that British students take as a step towards qualifying for university study. Throughout the book, the A level represents Christopher’s dreams for his future. He wants to go to university and become a scientist, and the A level is the first step for him out of his school and out of Swindon. Because he’s the first student from his special needs school to ever take an A level, the test proves to him and the world that he doesn’t have to lower his expectations for himself just because he’s autistic. He can use his different way of seeing the world to succeed. Some of Christopher’s lowest points occur when he is living with his mother in London and in Swindon and he thinks he might not be able to take the A level. In these moments, he sees the entire life he’s imagined collapsing around himself. Not only has it ended up that his mother is alive, but if he can’t take the test, his imagined future falls to shreds. Once Christopher gets a top grade on the exam, though, he feels confident about his ability to become a scientist, and he has passed another hurdle on his way to becoming an adult.
Maths A Level Quotes in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
And then, when I’ve done that, I am going to go to university in another town... And I can live in a flat with a garden and a proper toilet. And I can take Sandy and my books and my computer.
And then I will get a First Class Honors degree and I will become a scientist.
And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.