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Perfect Math SAT Scores at SVHS

Sun Valley High School grade eleven students Blake DiPasquale and Rahul Rathinam accomplished something only 1% of the 1.9 million students who took the SAT in 2023 have accomplished:  score a perfect math score of 800. 

According to The College Board, the average total SAT score in 2023 was 1028 (on a 1600-point scale), with an average score of 520 for the evidence-based reading and writing section (ERW) and 508 for the math.   The average score for the class of 2023 in the state of PA was 1078.

While most students will not earn a "perfect" score in either section of the SAT, Sun Valley Guidance Counselor Francine Im suggests students work hard to do their best on standardized tests to help universities and colleges get a snapshot of preparedness.

"An SAT score provides colleges and universities with a standardized measure of a student’s readiness for college-level work by assessing proficiency in reading, mathematics, and writing," she explains.

 "This standardized exam provides a means for colleges to make consistent and fair comparisons from a diverse pool of applicants from different high schools and educational backgrounds."

While a growing number of colleges no longer require standardized test scores,  many offer an optional score submission.  Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT can offer insight into student performance in addition to grades, extracurricular activities, and other commitments. 

"Students can benefit from taking a standardized exam because it showcases their academic abilities and college readiness, thus potentially improving their chances of acceptance," she adds.  

"Furthermore, students who choose to submit their standardized test scores may be provided merit scholarships as part of their admission package for their high achievements on these exams."

While Rahul is still uncertain about his education and career track post high school, Blake is eyeing engineering in his future.  They still have another year to learn and grow and plan for their next steps.  Their SAT accomplishment will surely help them in their pursuit of future career training.  

While strong scores on standardized tests are important, Ms. Im notes that the full measure of a well-rounded student is part of the consideration process.

"As part of the application review process, colleges are not only evaluating a student’s academic portfolio, but they also seek to admit students that show a commitment to their local community through volunteer work, athletics, and contributions to school clubs and activities.  Engaging in diverse high school activities demonstrates a well-rounded skill set for colleges."