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June 6, 2016 3:10 pm

Arab Israeli Only Student This Year to Achieve Perfect Score on Jewish State’s SAT Equivalent

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Israeli-Arab Mohammed Zeidan, pictured, was this year's only student to achieve the highest possible score on Israel's college entrance exam. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli-Arab Mohammed Zeidan, pictured, and a copy of his Psychometric Entrance Test results, which shows that he achieved the highest possible score on the exam. Photo: Twitter.

An Arab Israeli was this year’s only student to achieve a perfect score on the psychometric exam required by college applicants, the news site AlMonitor reported on Friday.

Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, scored an 800 on the standardized (SAT equivalent) test, used to predict academic performance. Offered in six languages, it contains nine sections, relating to verbal and quantitative reasoning and English-language proficiency.

According to the report, it is unclear in which language Zeidan took the exam, but in the last five years, only two students who completed the test in Arabic scored a perfect 800. Both were from the Mar Elias high school, which Zeidan attends.

Zeidan, whose father is a gynecologist and whose mother is a teacher, told Al-Monitor he plans to study electrical engineering at the Haifa-based Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and then software engineering at a later stage. He believes that degrees in these fields will make it easier for him to find a job and succeed in the future.

Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi, from the Joint List party, praised Zeidan’s achievement on Twitter and Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett retweeted Tibi’s message. Zeidan told Al-Monitor that Tibi also phoned to congratulate him.

In 2014, the last time that comprehensive data about the exam was released, 65,000 students took the test, according to Al-Monitor. More than 20,000 students finished the test in Arabic, some 40,000 took it in Hebrew and 5,000 did the exam in other languages.

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  • H Kaye

    Congrats, Mr. Zeidan! Your hard work and studying has paid off. I hope the Technion gives you a full ride- you deserve one!

  • Atara

    I respect that the algemeiner wears its political heart on its sleeve, but the title of the article can be misunderstood as disrespect. Is this a human-interest story about the most-outstanding high-school graduate in Israel, who just happens to not be Jewish, or is this story news because someone is surprised that a non-Jew scored highest on the tests? I would suggest that a different wording, of “Only Student This Year to Achieve Perfect Score on Jewish State’s SAT Equivalent is Mohammed Zeidan” would have allowed the algemeiner’s editors to have taken the high-road and maintained an appearance that whatever their political opinions elsewhere and elsewhise, they celebrate and honor this young man for his remarkable achievement.

  • Yaakov

    Israel may be known informally as the Jewish State, but to include that term in the title of this article is in very poor taste.

    • Well, I don’t know. (I’m not a Jew, I’m just an observer from far away country.) The Jewish State is accused of being apartheid state. The Jewish State is proud of achivements of it’s citizens from Arab-minority. I do understand that.

  • congratulations to Mr Zeidan, his parents and his teachers! wishing him success in his chosen studies and work-field, and happiness in his life! how wonderful!