Travis Curtis, 17 can figure the odds

first_imgLANCASTER – Lancaster High School senior Travis Curtis enjoys working with numbers and is good at it, too, as seen in the perfect 800 score he got on the math portion of the SAT II test. “I took statistics in my junior year. I did really well and enjoyed it. I thought a career in that would be very worthwhile,” Curtis, 17, said. He took the SAT II math test for the first time in December and did nothing special to prepare for it. “It was just review with my teachers, because it’s kind of hard to prepare for it, because it’s very general. It was just looking back on the basics of the subjects I took the previous years,” Curtis said. Curtis does recall, however, drinking a lot of juice while studying. “I found myself drinking a lot of apple-juice boxes. That’s brain power right there,” Curtis said. Curtis earned 680 on the literature section and 610 in physics in other SAT II tests. The SAT II subject tests are used by colleges to help with decisions about admissions and to assist in course placement or exemptions. Curtis also did well on the new Scholastic Assessment Test last May, when he scored 700 in math, 640 in writing and 600 in verbal skills. The new SAT includes an essay section and no longer has analogies and quantitative comparisons. Algebra II questions and shorter, critical reading passages also were added. The new writing section includes multiple-choice grammar questions and a 25-minute essay. Instead of scores from 400 to 1,600 points, the new SAT runs from 600 to 2,400 points. It also takes 45 minutes longer to complete – for a total test time of three hours and 45 minutes. Curtis has a grade-point average of 4.5 and is one of Lancaster High’s valedictorians. “He’s already been early-accepted to the UC system,” head counselor Jef Anderson said. “He’s one of the top 10 in the history of our school – his GPA, the classes he’s taken. He has taken 14 honors or A.P. classes. He’s been doing that since his freshmen year.” After graduating from high school, Curtis plans to study either math or business economics at the University of California, Irvine, or Azusa Pacific University. He wants a career as an accountant or as an actuary calculating statistical risks, life expectancies, premiums and other information for insurance companies. “You can be very successful, and the starting pay is very high,” he noted. Curtis’ father is a Boeing engineer and his mother is an elementary school teacher in Lancaster. He is the younger of two children. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img