Receiving a perfect score on any of the SAT's three sections is not impossible, but it is also not common to see students earn perfect 800s. According to The College Board, the average scores for the Class of 2012 were 496 in critical reading, 488 in writing and 514 in mathematics.
One student who managed to earn better than the average in mathematics is 12-year-old Andrew Barnett. Although he is much younger than the typical SAT taker, this Texas middle schooler managed to receive an 800 on the test's mathematics section, the Fort Bragg Advocate-News reported.
Andrew took the SAT alongside hundreds of high school students so he could apply to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program.
"This isn't just something that he just naturally does. He works hard," Mark Barnett, Andrew's father, told the news source. "When he entered into competitions and was getting beat by older kids, he didn't give up. He hit the textbooks and studied seventh- and eighth-grade-level math. He loves to study and he loves the challenge."
If parents notice their kids have an interest in tackling complex challenges at a young age, it could be a sign that these children are gifted. The results of an IQ test for kids may be able to reveal if their hunch is correct.