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Lincoln Heights senior gets perfect score on AP Calculus exam

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Cedrick Argueta, right, with his AP Calculus teacher, Anthony Yom, left. The 17-year-old told KPCC that when he told Yom that he got a perfect score on the AP Calculus exam, his teacher was speechless. Los Angeles Unified School District

Cedrick Argueta has a new nickname among his high school classmates: “One out of 12.” 

That’s because he was one out of 12 students in the world to get a perfect score on last spring’s Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam. A test that, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District, was taken by 302,531 other students.

Argueta told KPCC’s Take Two that a lot of preparation went into his success with the AP exam. The 17-year-old studied up to 4 hours per night the week leading up to the big test. 

“I didn’t go into the exam thinking that I would get a perfect score,” Argueta said. “It was just amazing to be able to do that.” 

The Abraham Lincoln High School senior also shared that he thought his whole class felt really prepared going into the exam after weeks of staying after school and dedicating some weekends to calculus. 

“We knew every type of problem that would be on the test,” Argueta said. 

His math teacher Anthony Yom has been teaching AP Calculus for five years, according to LAUSD. During that time, has seen a 100 percent pass rate for his students who take the exam. 

When Argueta told Yom the news, he said his teacher was speechless.

“After taking a minute to process it he was really proud of me. He gave me a hug,” Argueta said.

On the horizon for Argueta: He hopes to attend Caltech and become an engineer for NASA. 

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.

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