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North High School student earns perfect score on SAT

Manali Gokhale, a North High senior, earned a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT test. In 2011, nearly 1.65 million students took the SAT and only 384 or 0.023% of students scored 2400. 

The SAT tests the reading, writing and mathematics skills that students learn in school, and that are critical for success in college and beyond. The SAT also shows how well students apply their knowledge — the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.  

Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200-800 point scale. The highest possible composite score on the SAT is 2400 (800 in critical reading; 800 in mathematics; 800 in writing).  The national mean score for reading was 494, for mathematics, 506 and for writing, 483. 

About the SAT
The SAT tests the academic skills and knowledge that students acquire in high school. It also shows how well students can apply their knowledge, a factor that educators and researchers agree is critical to success in college course work.

Nearly three million high school students take the SAT each academic year.

The SAT is consistently shown to be a fair and valid predictor of first-year college success for all students. A study including data from more than 100 colleges and universities demonstrates that the best predictor of college success is the combination of SAT scores and high school grades.

Most students take the SAT once or twice, and the College Board does not recommend that students take the SAT more than twice. There is no evidence to support the idea that taking the SAT more than twice results in significant score gains.

Most students take the SAT for the first time during their spring semester of their junior year and test again during the fall semester of their senior year.

In addition to admission, many colleges use the SAT for course placement and scholarships.