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Muslim Student from California Scores Perfect 2400 on SAT

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Waleed Khan, a senior in the Modesto High International Baccalaureate program, scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT test, the first counselors can recall in Modesto. Pictured on Dec. 1, 2015. Nan Austin naustin@modbee.com

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A senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Modesto High has posted a perfect score of 2400.

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Here’s his secret: practice.

“It’s how much you prepare,” said Waleed Khan. “It is just practice. You start to see the patterns, the little mind tricks. You get quicker.”

The senior, who hopes to become a doctor, spent about an hour a day during the week, three hours on weekends, studying and taking practice tests before his November exam date.

“I get distracted easily. I locked myself in my room and I would just go until the end,” he said Tuesday. The lock was partly to force himself to keep his focus, partly to keep away the distractions of four younger siblings and enticing calls to play Legos.

504 The number out of 1,698,521 students in the class of 2015 who took the SAT to get a perfect score

The November test was his third stab at the SAT, besting a previous score of 2240 – an impressive mark in its own right. The SAT benchmark showing college readiness is 1550. But among his top colleges, Khan is looking at Stanford.

“At Stanford, 25 percent (of students) have a 2400 – I checked,” he said. With encouragement from his parents – both doctors – Khan decided to try again.

The senior wedged in study time between Mock Trial practice, Key Club community service projects, volunteering at a local hospital, speech and debate meets, Project Hope fundraising to build a school in Africa, PHAST anti-tobacco projects, cross country and track runs.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. GregAbdul

    December 7, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Al Hamdulillah!!!!!

  2. Sister Hafizah Reyes

    December 7, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Babrook Brother!

    May Allah protect you from evil eye at all times and may He put baraka in anything that you say and do. Ameen.

    Sis. Hafizah Reyes

    • Farzana

      July 17, 2016 at 8:01 AM

      MashAllah!! May Allah protect you brother. May Allah make you brilliant practicing Muslim! Ameen!
      Congratulations & Alhamdulillah!

  3. Aisha

    December 7, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Amazing MashaAllah! Keep it up ?

  4. hafsa

    December 7, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    A much needed positive news in these times! Keep up the good work..

  5. Hope

    December 7, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Another example of a truly blessed student. Masha’Allah! He scored a perfect on the SAT and ACT the first time,I too.

    May Allah guide us all towards bright futures, Insha’Allah.

    http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article37240611.html

  6. Shehlais

    December 7, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    MAshAllah!! Keep up the good work! A positive spin on things!!

  7. Haroon

    December 8, 2015 at 4:53 AM

    Alhamdullilah! Well done bro! As a Muslim, we feel proud of your achievement.

    Allaahumma Baarik Laka wa Taqabal Allaah

  8. Nazar R Rathore

    December 8, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    MashAllah wish your good dreams coming true.

  9. ymr

    December 8, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Great article but why is this under anti Muslim bigotry section.

  10. Halima

    December 9, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Ma Shaa Allah. May Allah elevate us

  11. Miriam B.

    March 2, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Brother, you can become more than a doctor! You can become the king of the doctors!!

  12. Ashik Uzzaman

    July 17, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    One of my friend’s daughter, Bangladeshi American Muslim living in San Francisco Bay Area, also made the perfect score in March 2016 Test! Mashallah!!

  13. Hosn

    July 17, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Masha Allah , God bless you son with the knowledge and success insha Allah

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