A Cary-Grove High School senior earned perfect scores on the SAT and ACT tests, making him the first student in High School District 155 history to do so.
Ved Patel received a 36, the top composite score, the first time he took the ACT his sophomore year, according to the district. During his junior year, he earned a 1580 on the SAT, but took the exam a second time.
“I thought it would be a fun, low-pressure challenge to try to improve my score,” Patel said. “I wasn’t expecting a perfect score since the SAT has almost no curve, but it was an awesome surprise to wake up to on score release day.”
The highest SAT score is 1600.
Patel said he put aside a few hours every day to study and take a few sections of the practice tests. He also helped some of his friends with SAT prep on the side.
“During the test, it’s very important to stay level-headed and calm. If you think some problems look extra challenging, don’t get flustered; just try them at the end,” he said.
Cary-Grove High School Principal Neil Lesinkski said Patel’s work ethic, passion for learning and natural curiosity are second to none.
“In addition to being an incredible student, Ved possesses the quality of character that we try to instill in all Trojans,” Lesinkski said. “We are proud of all he has accomplished and extremely excited to see his future impact on our world.”
Along with his perfect test scores, Patel also was named a National Merit semifinalist in September.
Patel plans to study biology or biomedical engineering and intends to go to medical school.
“My whole family is excited since this was a fantasy-esque scenario,” he said.