At the age of 2, Pranav Kalyan created digital pictures on his home computer. By the time he was 6, the boy had the ability to design web pages.
When he was 9, Pranav earned the distinction of being the youngest person in the world at the time to become a Microsoft certified technology specialist.
As a 10-year-old student at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, Pranav supplemented his studies with college courses at Moorpark College.
So is it any wonder that Pranav, now a 14-year-old freshman at Agoura High School, earned perfect scores on two SAT subject tests? The teen aced both the physics and math level 2 tests and received a perfect 800 score on each.
“At the end of the math 2 subject test, I was very confident I did well,” Pranav said. “The physics test was harder than the math test because it involved more memorization of formulas and also needed math without a calculator.”
In May 2016, Pranav became the youngest person to earn two associate degrees, in natural science and math, from Moorpark College. He graduated with honors.
Pranav didn’t go into the subject tests cold. He studied on his own and took numerous practice exams for several weeks before each test so he’d know what to expect. “Also, my college courses which I took at Moorpark helped a lot,” he said.
Pranav took the College Board math test in August and the physics test in October, learning his scores three weeks after completing each test.
“I expected a perfect score in math II, so I was not very surprised,” he said. “However, the perfect score in physics was very surprising since I thought I got a 780/800.”
He will take the full SAT in December.
Pranav plans to capitalize on his achievements by attending college early. He will apply to Caltech in fall 2018, with the goal of studying computer science and applied physics at age 16.
After earning a Ph.D., Pranav hopes to land a job at NASA.
But for now, he continues to be an active teen. He plays chess— and has won two titles—and soccer, is an avid reader, volunteers for various city events, and enjoys gardening and his many parakeets.
Pranav launched the Agoura Math Circle, a student-run, nonprofit community service organization, about two years ago and is continuing with the program at Agoura High. He said the free educational program focuses on problem-solving skills to help students become successful academically and in the real world.
“Our goal is to create a strong foundation for kids to increase critical thinking and motivate kids to aim for top universities in a fun-filled environment,” Pranav said. “Currently, we have more than 300 students from kindergarten to 12th grade with different levels of difficulty meeting every other Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Agoura High School M building.”
Pranav has consistently been recognized for his achievements at his schools and through the Las Virgenes Unified School District office. Superintendent Dan Stepenosky congratulated Pranav in a letter.
“I commend you for your hard work and commitment in achieving these scores,” Stepenosky wrote. “We are proud to count you as a member of our student body and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.”
Students can join Pranav’s Agoura Math Circle and find more information about the club at agouramathcircle.org.