Sreekar Gudipati, who scored 1,570 out of 1,600 points in the SAT test, is among the 1% of millions of SAT test participants globally.
The 17-year-old student at GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa, whose A-Level subjects are Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science, obtained an exemplary score of 770/800 in English and 800/800 in Mathematics.
“The SAT (formerly called the‘ Scholastic Aptitude Test ’) is an exam that I’ve decided to take to reinforce my enrollment at American universities where I’m going to enroll; specifically, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. I want to study economics there. Several other universities to which I enrolled also want high marks in the SAT exams ”, says the Indian expatriate.
The SAT is one of the top college entrance tests in the United States, and while there is no score required to pass the exam, a higher score can increase your chances of being accepted into a college of your choice.
Gudipati said that only repeated practice and the identification of his mistakes made him a top scorer. “The way I approached this is that I spent a week or more with English – the writing section, I spent a week writing my grammar rules, my vocabulary, and with math I went over the content very quickly because math is my forte. If you are planning to go to one of the best universities in the United States, the subject test is a good option. I did Mathematics Level 2 and got 800, so I hope this will boost my application ”.
Receiving acceptance from decorated colleges means rigorous routines and often relentless hard work, explains Sreekar.
“If someone is doing decently well at the school level, the basic skills they need for SAT are accumulated by one person during the foundation years up to the 10th and 11th years. But what is really important is to prepare for the real exam, really practice and get used to the exam and get used to the way the questions are asked. “
After that, my main source was to practice tests and questions. I joined Khan Academy and found many questions there as well. This was my main source of preparation and practice. I took each practice test twice and placed an emphasis on learning from my mistakes. I wrote down all the mistakes and made sure I knew why I was wrong, so that if it came up again, I would be able to respond in the right way. I practiced an average of about 15 hours of SAT per week ”, he adds.
Outside school, Sreekar spent many years playing cricket, having gone to the UK, India and Oman with his cricket academy. He is also a self-taught guitarist who has a great passion for playing and listening to music.
In addition, he has been strongly involved with the school community, having served on the Mental Health and Wellness Council and the Sustainability Council, in addition to having spent many years in student leadership.
His advice to anyone taking the SAT “would be to start early.”
“Make sure you understand the concepts deep enough to be able to apply them under a lot of time pressure. From there, the most vital thing would be to practice SAT style questions as much as possible – under timed conditions – to get used to the style of questioning, time pressure and mental fatigue that you feel when taking the test. After practicing enough, all that matters is to say that you are focused and confident in the day ”, says the teenager from Dubai.