Ashwini Nene, 20, has achieved the rare distinction of scoring a perfect 340 out of 340 in the Graduate Record Exami-nations (GRE), the test taken for applying to post-graduate courses in the US. The third-year engineering student from Mumbai took the test in March.
“I wasn’t even thinking about such a score,” said Nene, a student of Sardar Patel Institute of Technology in Andheri. “I didn’t even get 340 in my practice tests.”
Nene had taken the test at the KIC Education (Borivali) centre on March 11, and got her results immediately. But, she didn’t believe her score until she received the scorecard on March 22.
She plans to finish her engineering degree next year and then enroll at a US university, but is yet to decide where she will apply.
“This is a phenomenal score,” said Pratibha Jain, an international education consultant. “It is very rare to get a perfect score.”
Nene’s scores have been sent to the Ivy League universities Cornell and Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley, as candidates have an option of naming up to five universities, where their scores are sent for free.
“She has always excelled but we didn’t expect her to get 100%,” said Ashwini’s mother, Seema Nene, an IT professional.