Originally Posted by Palo Alto newspaper article
Having a 4.0 grade-point average in high school and getting perfect SAT score doesn't ensure acceptance into Stanford. Only 35 percent of the 359 applicants for the next class fitting that profile were admitted.
I suspect the reporter didn't grasp the context of what Dean Shaw said about this. First of all, there probably weren't that many three-section, single-sitting SAT I scorers in that year (class of 2006), because the number increased in class of 2007, http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_dow...tile_ranks.pdf
but was still below the number mentioned in the quotation. My wild guess is that the quotation may have been based on a conversational mention of two-section SAT I scores (critical reading and math), and it may also reflect "superscoring." The OP's question was about "SAT 2400s," and I don't think the newspaper article answers that question.
But of course it is well known that perfect high school grade averages are a dime a dozen. Lots of high school students play it safe and don't challenge themselves so that they can keep straight 'A's. With more than 20,000 high schools in the United States, rejecting valedictorians is not newsworthy. Perfect SAT scores (REALLY perfect scorers, as found in the link above) are much rarer, but it is well known too that test scores are not all that matters in college admission. How do top scorers on tests fail to gain admission to top schools?
Looking at the SAT state reports (table 28 in each .PDF document for a particular state) http://collegeboard.com/about/news_i...7/reports.html
gives an idea of how many students sent SAT score reports to the most sought-after colleges in each state. The number of score reports sent varies quite a lot from state to state for colleges in different regions.