Every year, college hopefuls sharpen their math and reading skills in preparation for the SAT - an exam that will test their college readiness.
In fact, close to 2 million high school students completed the exam in 2011, according to College Board.
Of those test-takers, 384 aced the exam with a perfect score of 2400.
Josh Mu, 16, a junior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, is one of the elite to make a perfect score.
“This is my third time taking it,” Josh said. “I was quite happy.”
In preparation for the exam, Josh said he enrolled in Kaplan courses and studied often. On test day, Josh said he wasn't nervous about the exam, but he was worried about being able to see the test - he had to have his eyes dilated at the doctor that morning.
Luckily, he said, it didn't harm his scores.
And while he excelled in all aspects of the exam, he said the math portion of the test came easiest to him.
“It always seems logical and there is always an answer,” Josh said.
His advice to future test-takers: “Relax and hope for the best.”
Aside from doing well in school, Josh also stands out in the chess community. In March, Josh took first place in the North Carolina Scholastic Chess Championship. He then advanced to the National level competition held in Minneapolis in mid-April, where he tied for 18th place.
Photo: Josh Mu (left) won the 2012 N.C. State Scholastic Championship in March. Photo courtesy of Joyce Mu.