We here at Excel would like to congratulate the three most recent Excel students to have claimed our $1,000 scholarship for receiving perfect scores on the SAT and ACT!
Sameehita Mohan, a student at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, scored a perfect 2400 on the January SAT. She hopes that the score will help her get into top-notch programs for the subjects she loves: computer science and business.
“I’ve always been really interested in technology,” she said. “My dad’s a computer engineer, too. As far as business, I’ve been in the Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA] since the seventh grade, and that’s how I got an interest in that. I’ve been an officer in both middle school and high school.”
Mohan’s interests aren’t just limited to these subjects, however; she is also actively involved in community service and the arts. “GenerationOn is a community service club I’m a part of. We teach art and music to special needs kids in the community. I also play flute in the wind ensemble at my school, and I’m a Bharatanatyam dancer.”
She said that Excel’s SAT essay writing class was a standout part of the course for her: “[Essay writing] was especially helpful, because I didn’t really know how the SAT essays were structured.” When asked what advice she would give to other students, she said practice was the most important and credited Excel’s SAT bank in ExamClub with helping her reach her goal.
Anjini Karthik, a student at Saint Francis High School, also received a perfect 2400 in January. She is passionate about the STEM fields and also enjoys writing. Her STEM interest started at an early age: “Outside of class, I’m very involved in scientific research. I’ve actually been conducting independent research projects since sixth grade.” Karthik is currently the science editor of the campus newspaper at Saint Francis. Additionally, she is an accomplished dancer and mentors middle-schoolers in an after-school STEM enrichment program.
Asked what she found helpful in Excel’s program, she mentioned both the teachers and the ExamClub practice tests. “The teachers at Excel Test were great. Especially with tackling critical reading, they helped me direct my answers and focus on what the SAT was looking for,” she said. “It can be hard to figure out that by yourself. Not to mention, the pizza was pretty good too,” she laughed. She believes that the Excel practice tests helped her approach the test confidently. “I made myself a ‘2400: You Can Do It’ sign, stuck it on my desk, and sent myself funny reminders on my phone about how focused I was. On test day, I just had to smile, remember how ready I was, and tell myself it was time for all the practice to pay off!”
Nidhi Bangari is a student at Cupertino High School who received a perfect 36 on the February ACT. She doesn’t know what she wants to major in yet, but she figures it will be something in the sciences—she enjoys her high school’s labs.
Other than her core classes, she participates in her school’s debate program and FBLA. Her main form of debate is Parliamentary, which requires debaters to quickly analyze and summarize sources based on topics that they only learn about right before the round starts. Seems like good practice for the ACT!
Like our other perfect scorers, Bangari mentioned Excel’s teachers and ExamClub as the two resources that catapulted her toward success. “I really liked the teachers at Excel, they tried to make the class fun and appealing,” she said. Regarding ExamClub, she added, “I tried to come as often as possible. I wasn’t able to come every week, but when I did, I took it as if it were a proper exam. Then I’d come back and look at what I got wrong.”
We wish our winners all the best in their college careers and beyond!