Teen gets perfect 800 score on SAT reading test

Sadie Roulston

Central High School junior Sadie Roulston wasn’t necessarily surprised when she earned a perfect score on the critical reading portion of her Scholastic Aptitude Test earlier this fall. But she was surprised to learn it was such a big deal.

“My mom was proud of me and my dad said, ‘Well now I guess we have proof that you’re smarter than I am,'” the 16-year-old recalled.

In 2012, only 1 percent of all SAT critical reading test-takers earned a perfect 800 in 2012, according to information reported by the school, and last year, even fewer students scored that high. Scores from 2014 are not available yet.

To Sadie, who said she’s always done well on tests, earning an 800 felt like scoring a 100 on any other test.

“I got a 740 on the math and a 660 on the writing,” she said.

But math and writing don’t score as high among her top subjects in school. An avid reader, she said her favorite classes are history and the sciences.

Also enrolled at Massanutten Regional Governor’s School, the Woodstock resident carries a heavy academic course load with classes that include environmental science, agroecology, probability and statistics, and dual-enrolled English language and composition.

At Central High, she takes two Virtual Virginia online courses, calculus and advanced placement human geography and U.S. government.

She is co-president of the Interact Club, treasurer of the junior class, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Youth in Government Club.

An after-school assistant teacher at Pollywog Place Nursery and Preschool in Woodstock for almost a year, she said she’s always liked children and decided to work there after her mom encouraged her to start saving to have spending money in college.

Sadie hasn’t made any decisions yet about where she will apply for college or which program of study she will pursue, but is leaning toward attending a smaller school.

Until then, she stays busy with classes, activities and work, managing her full schedule by working during her lunch period or by staying up later at night.

Asked what she would tell other students concerned about taking the SAT, she said, “They shouldn’t stress out on it ’cause I think that will make them tense up and not do as well as they could.”

Many students practice with pre-tests or study sessions, but Sadie said she didn’t go that route.

“I had a little app that asks practice questions,” she said, “but that’s it.”

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com