Reporting Pat Ciarrocchi
By Pat Ciarrocchi
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some people think about perfection, others dream about it. But still a select few actually achieve it.
At Methacton High School in Eagleville, a student is beginning his junior year after scoring a perfect 2400 on his SATs.
“I definitely am not perfect.”
It’s humble wisdom from sixteen-year-old Kevin Biju. But the often intimidating Scholastic Aptitude Test for college entrance saw things differently. Kevin was perfect, at least in his testing. Out of the 1.7 million students to take the SAT, Kevin, who was a sophomore at the time, was among only 360 students with that perfect score.
“With a number like that in my tool belt, it’s, like, really good,” Kevin says.
So, how did he do it? Kevin says it did take practice.
“I would do many practice tests, prep, do some work sometimes during school days, school nights and Friday night especially,” explained Kevin. “I would study as much as I could.”
Kevin’s guidance counselor, Will Peck, has rarely seen perfection. Peck described himself as “totally blown out of the water.”
Peck said he watched Kevin dedicate himself to his goal of doing well to get into a good school.
“He said, ‘What can I do to make myself marketable to a really top notch school?’” said Peck. “Kevin pulled out an Excel spread sheet of 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, he got it all marked out. He’s been working on that since he stepped foot into the building.”
Besides brains, Kevin also has personality and spirit, and he wants to share his experience to help others — even when it comes to doing well on the SATs.
“I definitely want to inspire other people to do the stuff like I did. I think it’s possible to be reached by anyone. It just takes practice and hard work,” Kevin says.
And this son of loving parents who woke him up with the news of the perfect score has big goals in mind.
“I plan to go and be a physician — preferably in cardiology. I always have been interested in the heart,” he says.
Heart is something Kevin has. As he begins his junior year, Kevin Biju has no intention of taking the SATs again, though he can. Usually, students do that to improve their score, but how can you argue with perfection?