Atharv Bhave

Atharv Bhave

Attaining perfection is not easy.

But Atharv Bhave, a junior at Canon-McMillan High School, recently achieved the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

In general, only one-tenth of 1% of students who take the ACT earn the top score. The ACT includes tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A composite score is the average of each of the four score areas.

Bhave said while he knew he was doing well during the test, he had no idea he would post a perfect score.

“I really didn’t have that in mind,” he said. “I don’t like to reflect while I am taking a test. I wasn’t sure how I did. I kind of had an idea I might score in the mid- to upper-30s from the type of questions I was answering.”

The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in November 1959 as a competitor to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

The number of test takers of the ACT has grown since its inception, and in 2011 the ACT surpassed the SAT for the first time in total test takers.

Bhave said he reviewed some geometry and studied some other material prior to taking the ACT. He took the SAT twice before taking the ACT, he said.

“It (perfect score) makes me feel good,” Bhave said. “It’s cool to be in such a small group out of the millions of kids who take the test.”

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared with other factors including class rank, GPA, and extracurricular activities.

Atharv is the son of Hemant and Gauri Bhave, of Canonsburg. Atharv intends to go into the field of medicine and will be interning through the Health Care Discovery program through the Allegheny Health Network. He has been recognized as an AP Scholar.

The younger Bhave founded and spearheaded an initiative to certify students in CPR 100 percent free of cost to them.

Atharv, who has a cumulative GPA of 4.46 with distinguished academic honors, said he hasn’t thought about attending particular schools in the future.

“I haven’t,” he added. “I am probably a little bit behind as far as looking at colleges. I haven’t really looked yet.”

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