A love for Physics, Jane Eyre and quizzes is perhaps what helped Shreya Vardhan achieve what no one else has.
The 15-year-old student of Class 12 has managed an unheard of feat. She has scored a 100% in all the admission tests that she took for a foreign university.
She has managed to score full marks in the SAT Reasoning Test, the SAT Subject Tests, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.
According to many education experts, this is unheard of.
"We often see students who get a 98% or a 99% in their SATs and then we see those who have a very good score in TOEFL as well. But managing a 100% in SATs, TOEFL as well as AP exams is something that I have never heard. It is a great achievement," said Usha Alburqueque, career counsellor.
But Vardhan does not feel that she has done anything out of the ordinary. "Yes, I am very happy, but I am like any other kid. I do like to study but I also play tennis and read fiction. My favourite authors are Jane Eyre, John Grisham and Jawaharlal Nehru," she says.
"She has always been a very bright kid, a topper in class. One thing about her is that she likes to read a lot. That is what, I think, helped her score so well. All the trunks in my house are full of books," said Reena, Vardhan, Shreya’s mother.
The daughter of an army officer, Shreya has been living in Delhi for the last one year and is a student of Delhi Public School, RK Puram.
According to her, acing the SATs was quite easy. "The questions are much easier than the ones we have in Classes 12 and 11. It’s the same with TOEFL too. The questions are easy but one needs to practice the listening section," she said.