Acing the SATs is not like winning the loterry, despite this story on fraternal twins who both earned 1600 on the SATs.
It seems like the kind of SAT question custom-made for Dillon and Jesse Smith of Long Beach: If one out of every 1,511 students taking the SAT will get a perfect score, what are the odds that twin brothers will both ace the test?
Answer: No one knows for sure. Nevertheless, that’s what the Smith twins have done.
. . . Of the 1.4 million high school seniors who took the test in 2004, only 939 scored a 1600, according to the College Board, which administers the test. With those numbers, the odds of any two people getting that score would be almost 1 in 2.3 million — and that doesn’t even take into account whether those two people are related, never mind twins.
As Kimberly Swygert writes, intelligence and high expectations run in the family.
What are the odds that my friend Brad, who got 1600 on his SATs, would father two children who got 1600s (in different years)? Pretty good. Of course, Brad didn’t take the test till he was a senior. His kids got their perfect scores in eighth or ninth grade.