Washington, DC: Natasha Peri, an 11-year-old Indian-American girl has been judged as one of the brightest students in the world by a top US university for her exceptional performance in the SAT and ACT standardized tests.
Both the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) are standardized tests that many colleges use to determine whether to accept a student for admission. In some cases, companies and non-profits also use these scores to award merit-based scholarships.
All colleges require students to take either the SAT or the ACT and submit their scores to their prospective universities.
Peri, a student at Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School in New Jersey, has been honored for her exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment taken as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Talent (VTY) Search, a statement said on Monday.
She was one of nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries who joined CTY in the 2020-21 Talent Search year. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.
Peri took the Johns Hopkins Talent Search test in Spring 2021, when she was in Grade 5. Her results in the verbal and quantitative sections levelled with the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.
She made the cut for Johns Hopkins CTY “High Honors Awards.”
“This motivates me to do more,” Peri said, adding that doodling and reading J R R Tolkien’s novels may have worked for her.
“We are thrilled to celebrate these students. In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond,” Virginia Roach, CTY’s executive director, said in a statement.