Not that it matters to most students, or most universities for that matter, but several hundred test-takers score a 1600 on the SAT each year. Some of these kiddos with "perfect" scores are admitted to highly competitive colleges (HSCs), some not. As one HSC admissions counselor pointed out, "we could fill our first year class with valedictorians with 1600 SATs."
I had the pleasure of working with one such "top" kid not so long ago-a pleasure because he was intellectually curious and we talked about a range of topics, not just because he was smart. "William" had read widely and thought deeply about books that had not been assigned. He even taught me a bit about cryptography, an obscure but totally cool topic.
Warning: Math Anecdote. Feel free to skip these two paragraphs if you are not in a "math-y" mood just now. William and I stumbled upon a 650-digit odd number in our perambulations. William said, "That number is prime." Flabbergasted I stuttered, "How can you possibly know that?" William allowed himself a slight smile. "I've seen that number before," he said.
As math anecdotes go-for better or worse--this is as hilarious as hilarious gets. There are a lot of 650-digit numbers. No one can recognize a number with that many digits
In a perfect world we would all have perfect children who could perfectly accomplish each and every perfect task in every discipline. In the real world, we keep our expectations high, but we help out when we need to. Our support is what allows our kids to achieve to the best of their ability--with PhDs in computer science and working on the future of computers for example.