(CLARKSVILLE, Md.) -- Maryland high school student Taariq Mohammed is perfect, at least on his ACT test.
The 16-year-old student at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md., scored a perfect 36 on the college entrance test, an achievement that only a fraction of 1 percent of students in the country can claim.
“When I was going into my freshman year of high school I started studying for both the SAT and the ACT,” Mohammed said. The first time he took the test as a sophomore, Mohammed received a 34, a score most students would be satisfied with.
But close to perfect wasn’t good enough for Mohammed. He took it a second time in June, and got the score he was hoping for.
Mohammed, who is a straight-A student, a black belt in Karate, and a varsity wrestler, also came within just 50 points of a perfect score on the SAT as well. He hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University and eventually become a doctor.
His father Sayyeed Mohammed, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, wasn’t surprised by his son’s success.
“Tariq was always very ambitious,” he said. “He was very fortunate to know how to plan ahead carefully for what he needed to do and plan out his four year high school career.”
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