Indiana Student Receives Perfect AP Calculus Score

When students are applying to colleges, advanced placement classes and credits are one of the few accomplishments that makes them stand out above the rest. 


Since 1955, The College Board AP program has existed. The rigorous tests are often used as a key benchmark for academic performance. So much so, that when a high school student scores a 3 or higher, they receive college credit in that specific content area. However, many students struggle to score well enough to get the college credit…which makes one Indiana high schooler that much more impressive.  

The AP Calculus BC exam has the reputation for being especially tough. According to College Board, over 133,000 students took the test, but only three received all of the points possible on the test. A local Carmel High School senior, Nikhil Raghuraman, was one of those students.

Nikhil Raghuraman earned every single multiple-choice question correct in addition to getting perfect scores on the free response part of the test.

Nikhil isn’t just doing math for a credit either. He genuinely finds it fascinating as he told the Indy Star:

"The thing that I realized is that math is like the basis for everything, like the fundamental knowledge of anything," he said. "I've always just been really amazed at how mathematicians come up with stuff... it's pretty much 100 percent from your own mind."

In addition to being a wiz at math, Nikhil was also selected for The U.S. Presidential Scholars program which honors students that exhibit “exceptional talent” in various fields. (Pictured 5th from left)

Nikhil plans to go to college and is currently weighing the options. Purdue, Stanford, and Illinois are all on the list.

Read more about Nikhil’s feat here. (Indy Star)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.