Class ACT: Bhavish Dinakar earns perfect score on college entrance exam

Bhavish Dinakar

The email from her son looked innocuous enough: “SME Debate Sponsorship Form,” read the subject line.

But when Chitra Dinakar opened the message, she found a screenshot of her youngest son Bhavish’s ACT score — a perfect 36.

“She shrieked with joy, shouted out the news to my dad, and bounded out of her chair to give me the biggest hug ever,” the SM East senior said of his mom’s reaction to his prank.

And that’s not the first time the Dinakar family has had reason to celebrate such an occasion: Bhavish’s older brother Akshay, now a freshman at Stanford University, nailed the ACT last year as well.

Just under 1.4 million graduating seniors took the test this year. Just 1,598 of them received a perfect 36.

Bhavish, who helps fellow students on chemistry problems with a Twitter account and videos, said he took a few practice exams to prepare for the test, but wasn’t sure how he’d done when he finished on exam day.

“After taking the exam, I felt fairly confident that I would get (at the least) a decent score,” he said. “However, I know that the ACT is a tricky test, especially in the reading and writing sections, so I was not 100% sure how well I had done.”

Bhavish says he’s interested in pursing chemical engineering in college, and is looking at the University of Kansas Engineering School Honors Program in addition to a handful of colleges on the coasts and in the midwest with strong programs.