Perfect SAT Score Profile: College Compass Interviews Harriet Tieh

Harriet Tieh has achieved test taking perfection, attaining a perfect score on the October 2014 SAT. With this score, Tieh, a senior at Kinkaid High School, joins an inreasing number of Test Masters course graduates to place in the top 1% of test takers worldwide.

Tieh completed the Test Masters SAT & PSAT classroom course as a sophomore in preparation for the PSAT. She says, “I remember being happily stunned at how accurate the Test Masters PSAT vocabulary list was, while I breezed through question after question in the critical reading section.” Tieh also acknowledged that the design of the Test Masters course manual greatly contributed to her success on the SAT, stating, “Even though I took the course early, it was easy for me to review the course material, even two years later, since it was all in the book.”

In the increasingly competitive world of standardized tests and college admissions, Tieh’s route to a perfect SAT score is quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception. Understanding the challenge a perfect score on the SAT or ACT represents, students who want to achieve truly exemplary scores now begin their preparation as early as freshman or sophomore year of high school.

Although Tieh attributes her perfect SAT score to her experience as a Test Masters student, her other achievements and interests clearly mark her as an outstanding academic. Tieh is a peer mentor at Kinkaid, co-president of the French Club, and a member of the National French Honor Society. Tieh is also a member of her school’s swim team and she enjoys painting and drawing recreationally; she is also a talented pianist. Although these interests might denote a bent towards the Liberal Arts, Tieh plans on pursuing an undergraduate education rooted firmly in the sciences. “As of now, I would love to enter a career in neuroscience. I think it’s such an interesting, up-and-coming subject, and I’d like to be a part of new discoveries.”

Q: How did you prepare for the SAT?

A: I just reviewed the Test Masters test book, which was really helpful, and I also came in for a couple of private lessons.

Q: What did you like about Test Masters?

A: One thing I found was really unique was how passionate and encouraging the teachers were and how great the environment was, especially for people wanting to improve their scores. It definitely felt like the teachers cared about improving your scores.

Q: What advice do you have for students preparing for the SAT?

A: What I would recommend to improve your SAT score, to anyone trying to improve their SAT score, is just to do whatever you have to do to make your testing experience as comfortable as you can make it, whether that’s going to sleep early, bringing a protein bar, or bringing a stopwatch.

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