Eyes Harvard to Major in Economics

Anagh Agarwal, a student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, aims to get into Harvard University to pursue a major in economics.Agood SAT or ACT (American College Testing) score -standardized examination for admission to US colleges -would have been enough to secure admission to the Ivy League institute, but the 16-year-old has gone ahead and aced the exams with perfect scores in both -a rare feat.

Agarwal scored 16001600 in the new pattern of SAT and 3636 in ACT. Most students take either of the exams. “I took it up as a personal challenge. I had always wanted to appear for SAT, and I started preparation about five months ago. To appear for ACT was a last-minute decision,“ said Agarwal, adding that his reading habit helped him in his preparation.He has his plans all made. “I want to get into investment banking for a short period in the US after completing my studies. Then I intend to return to India and join politics and become the finance minister someday, “said Agarwal.

In the ACT results announced on January 10, Anshul Choudhari, from B D Somani International School, also managed to get a perfect score. “I intend to join Stanford or one of the Ivy League colleges to pursue engineering. I am intrigued by computers and engineering in general,“ said Cho udhari. He chose to appear for ACT and not SAT, as there was not enough practice material available in the new pattern.“Also ACT had the science component in it, which is not there in SAT,“ he added.

The new paper pattern in SAT was introduced in May 2016, said Chirag Arya, founder of a training centre.Changes have been made in the content, format and scoring pattern of SAT. More students are now inclined towards ACT, said Arya, as they find it a little easier and colleges accept both scores.

K P Singh, a study abroad counsellor, said a perfect score in ACT and SAT is a very rare occurrence as most students choose to opt for ACT, as it gives them credit waiver.

Talking about his preparation, Agarwal said: “Coaching institute just complements your personal preparation. A good reading habit from a young age really helps and I started when I was three.“ Agarwal intends to pursue a major in economics from Harvard and a minor in international relations.

Though both his engineer parents were keen on him getting into engineering, they have accepted the career choice made by their son.