This is more of a feat than most may realize. In 2010, 304 students scored perfect on the PSAT nationwide. Out of the 3.5 million students who took it, this comes to an impressive .008%. Sundararaman fit in with this small percentile, although he does not fit in as a typical “know it all.”
“I play drums in a band, I like music a lot, and I play basketball,” Sundararaman said. “If people knew me just from that, I don’t think that they’d expect me to get a good score.”
This is a big accomplishment that is not to be taken lightly, but for Sundararaman, it has become a bit overbearing.
“I realize that not many people get a perfect score, but I’m kind of sick of the endless celebration already,” he said. “It’s like the second I found out, everyone and their mother, literally, congratulated me.”
However, it is something for mothers to celebrate, at least for Ananda’s mother. This perfect score essentially guarantees a spot as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. It also may help lead up to a perfect score on the actual SAT. Either way it’s a great position to start from for college admissions.