Vinay Ramesh cracked the math section of the SAT reasoning test, an entrance criteria to US universities, with a perfect score of 800.
While the score might not be unusual, Vinay managing to do it at 13 is very unusual. Usually students above 15 take the test.
The student of American School in BKC had to take the test to move to the next level of the online programme of the John Hopkins University in the US.
“Two years ago when Vinay was in grade 5, his school suggested that he take up the programme because he had potential for more than just his curriculum,” said his mother Latha, a homemaker. “Now, to participate in the university’s international talent search, he was required to take the test. He is a bright kid, but he did surprise us with his mathematics score and that too without any training.”
He took the exam on May 5 and got his results last week. He has scored a total of 1810, which allows him to move ahead in the course. Experts agree that cracking the SAT at this age is surprising. “To do so well at 13 shows remarkable talent,” said Prathiba Jain, a career counsellor, who specialises in foreign education. “The mathematics section is logic-based and not knowledge-based so it is not impossible to crack if you are younger as long as your concepts are strong. It is a class 10 difficulty level.”
While everyone is taken aback with Vinay’s achievement, the Bandra resident has bigger plans. He is aiming for a computer science degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It was not that the paper was easy,” he assures, “I just did it well.”
For Vinay, it is not only about his numbers. He plays tennis and basketball and even plays the trombone, a musical instrument. Last year he was one of the three students selected to play the trombone in Shanghai,” added Latha.