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Indian student in UAE gets perfect SAT score


Dubai: A 15-year-old Indian student here has scored a perfect 2400/2400 in the coveted Scholastic Aptitude Test exams held on November 7, a media report said on Monday.

Sanchit Kapoor, who has represented the UAE at the World Youth Scrabble Championships (WYSC) for the last four years, is among the top 0.5 percent out of the 1.8 million students who appeared for the college board exam, the Gulf News reported.

The SAT score is a qualifying prerequisite for admission into undergraduate degree courses in US universities.

The student dreams of studying software programming and computer science engineering at Stanford. “I knew I had done well, but never expected this score. It was a surprise,a¿ Gulf News quoted Kapoor as saying.

A Class 11 student at GEMS Modern Academy student in Dubai, he topped his school as well as throughout the UAE in his Class 10 board examination.

“Annually, only 400 students worldwide (from a 1.8 million who appear for SAT) achieve a perfect score. Of the 75 per cent perfect score applications to Harvard University, for example, only 10-15 per cent make it said Peter Davos, a Dubai-based independent educational consultant for US universities.

He said a perfect SAT score has brought Kapoor closer to his objective of gaining admission in a top US university.



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12th marks will not lose weightage in JEE, HRD Ministry


New Delhi: A committee comprising of IIT Roorkee Director Ashok Misra submitted a report to the HRD ministry advocating notable changes in JEE exam structure and suggesting a single entrance for admission to technical institutes.

Recently, the council also advised for setting up of a National Testing Service by early 2016 to conduct an Aptitude Test on the lines of SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

“The aptitude test may be offered two or more times in a year and would be online. The testing shall gauge the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed through coaching institutes. Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be shortlisted for taking the JEE “the panel suggested.

“The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced),” it added.

But the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry headed by Smriti Irani, has refused to accept the recommendation of the committee for scraping the system of giving weightage to Class XII board examination scores in JEE-Main examination from 2016.

The 2016 JEE Main examination will be conducted in the same format as it has been conducted so far, the ministry declared.

“The government has decided to place the recommendations of the report in the public domain for widespread consultation with the stakeholders. Since this process would take some time, it was decided that the JEE 2016 shall be conducted in the same manner in 2015,” it said.

Besides, a total of 2 lakh candidates will be able to take JEE-Advance in 2016 as the ministry decided to enhance the number of candidates to be selected for the test, conducted for admission to the IITs and ISM.

Till this year, the joint admission board of the IITs selected a total of 1.5 lakh students from the all-India merit list of JEE–Main for taking JEE-Advance.

(With inputs from various sources)

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