We all remember how tough the SATs were and it's with that wisdom that we commend Germantown Academy senior Cameron Clarke for scoring a perfect 2400 on the SAT—doing what only 360 out of 1.66 million test-takers nationwide were able to do this year.
The first time Clarke took the exam he scored an impressive 2190, but decided to have another go at the nearly four-hour-long test.
"I put in a lot of work," the 18-year-old told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I took a prep class with some of my friends, and I did a lot of practice tests from a book. But that only prepares you so much. The difference between getting, like, a 2400 and a couple of points lower is just focus."
Clarke was a McNeil Patriot Scholar Award-winner for the 2012-13 school year and earlier in the year was named a semifinalist in both the 2013 National Merit Scholarship and 2013 National Achievement Scholarship competitions. The gifted student, who writes for his school paper, is a senator in his school's student government, ran cross country, tutors other students, is a member of the math club and is a principal cellist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, dreams of attending Princeton University.
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