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SPORTS
August 1, 2009 | Lauren Goldman
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This fifth part of a 16-day series looks back at Day 5, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1984. -- The U.S. women's gymnastics team soared to new heights on this day. Trailing the Romanians by less than a point when the day began, Julianne McNamara earned two perfect scores, with her 10 on the uneven bars being the first perfect score by a U.S. female gymnast in the Olympics.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2005 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
The nation's high school class of 2005 posted a record-high score on the math portion of the SAT, but displayed a lack of progress on the verbal part of the widely used college-entrance examination, test officials said Tuesday. As a whole, students who graduated this spring and were entering college this fall averaged 520 on the math portion and 508 on the verbal, on a scale from 200 to 800 possible points per section. The math was up two points from the year before and the verbal was the same.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Chris Scullin isn't so cocky as to think he plays a perfect guitar solo or has perfect form on the running track. But there was no denying those SAT scores: 800 points on math, 800 points on critical reading, 800 points on writing. A perfect 2400. "I was just staring at the screen, thinking, 'No, this can't be right,' " said Chris, 17, a Loyola High School junior from Beverly Hills who retrieved his scores from the Internet earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
As a new era of SAT scores dawned Monday, Carole Wampole was eager to learn her son's results on the recently revised college entrance exam. The Newport Coast businesswoman checked the website of the College Board, the owner of the SAT, through the night in hopes of getting an early peek at the scores. She succeeded shortly after 5 a.m. -- the time the College Board had announced it would post results -- but Wampole had few regrets about losing a night's sleep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
For generations of college-bound teenagers, nailing a 1600 on the SAT has been as good as it gets, equivalent in American popular culture to pitching a perfect game or bowling a 300. But no longer. Starting Monday, the venerable college entrance exam will sport a new scoring format and frame of reference. With the recent addition to the SAT of a third section that includes a handwritten essay, 2400 is becoming the new 1600.
SPORTS
August 8, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
As she stood on the runway, ready to power down the mat and plant her chalky hands on the vault horse, Mary Lou Retton thought, "10!" She was an optimist, after all, and if she needed a perfect score to win a gold medal, she was going to get one. The 16-year-old girl from Fairmont, W.Va., stood only 4 feet 8 and weighed 92 pounds. She had turned to her personal coach, Bela Karolyi, a moment earlier and said, "I'm going to get a 10." Karolyi replied, "Yes." And Mary Lou Retton got her 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2004 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Zachary Olkewicz is not your ordinary high school dropout. During his senior year at Burbank High, Olkewicz found himself caring for his ailing father while attending school day and night to make up for classes he had failed as a freshman. The pressures drove Olkewicz to drop out -- but he was determined to finish his education by taking the GED high school equivalency exam.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
From Paramount Pictures, the company that brought you crime classics "Double Indemnity," "Chinatown" and "The Godfather," comes "The Perfect Score." It's about a plot to steal the SAT. Yes, the SAT. Thus pass the glories of the world. Not that the SAT, the standardized test that many colleges use as a kind of gatekeeper, isn't important in the lives of the million-plus high school kids who take it every year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2004
Re "Can You Say That on TV?" (by Lynn Smith, Jan. 19), it should be noted that the chief cause of expletives reaching the airways during live TV broadcasts is pilot error and not rebellious broadcasters exercising an agenda to pollute the minds of our children. Operating the "bleep" button during a delayed broadcast to eliminate offending words is similar to playing a verbal video game, and few operators achieve a perfect score. John Hunt Fullerton USC journalism professor Joe Saltzman is quoted as saying, "It's absurd when you can go to [cable]
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