NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release) - Being perfect is quite an achievement for one Nacogdoches High School student. His perfection was shown on the college entrance test, the SAT.
Haafiz Hashim is like most all test takers of the SAT. He was anxious to go on line and check out his score. That's when the fifteen year old did a double take.
"I got a 2400 hundred on the SAT, and uh, at first I didn't believe it when I first saw the score," Hashim said. "Then I double checked it and made sure the e mail was mine and I was sort of blown away."
Last year close to 500 students made a perfect score. Over one and a half billion take the exam. Hashim says he aimed high, but never dreamed he would end up in the unique group of perfect scorers.
"I just put a lot of practice into it. I try to study and I try to practice for the SAT for five or six weeks before the SAT," Hashim said.
He said there is a strategy to taking the test.
"You want to try to finish each section a little bit early so you have time to double check and go back over it," Hashim said.
Hashim is the first generation American son of two physicians born in India. They've lived in the U.S. for 17 years. Extended family is made up of doctors and engineers. There may be a certain amount of intellect passed down, but Hashim's mom, Dr. Binusha Moitheennazima, says hard work plays a bigger role.
"How much willing you are to work hard and like to move towards your goal and realize how much potential you have, you place to the maximum," Moitheennazima said.
Hashim's parents say their son is still a typical teen in several ways, particularly when it comes to not cleaning his room or putting off chores.
The teen also thinks he scored pretty well by the reward he's receiving for a job well done, he's getting a new phone.
Hashim is already receiving letters from colleges. Right now he's leaning toward a medical degree with oncology as his special interest.
When school starts on Monday the Nacogdoches High School sophomore will be taking advanced placement classes that offer dual credits.