Two District 211 Students Earn Perfect Score on ACT

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Fremd High School student Kevin Chen and Palatine High School student Sarah Gonwa earned perfect scores on the ACT.

At its Feb. 16, 2017 meeting, the Board of Education honored two High School District 211 students for achieving a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT exam.

Fremd High School student Kevin Chen and Palatine High School student Sarah Gonwa earned perfect scores on the ACT. Both students said they were surprised to learn of earning a perfect score.

“I was really surprised when I learned I got a 36 on the test,” Kevin said. “I was really expecting to have to take it again.”

Sarah said that she took the ACT through school but needed to take the exam that included the writing portion. She said taking the first test along with preparation from some of her advanced classes helped her achieve a 36. Both students said keeping calm about the exam was a key to their success.

“The most important thing is to be calm going in to the test,” she said. “If you think too much about the repercussions of the test it can really overwhelm you. People need to remember there are more opportunities to take the test again so if they don’t do well they can take it again.”

Both students said they are in the process of applying to college and choosing majors. Kevin said he is interested in possibly attending a school on either the east or west coast and pursuing something in math or science. Sarah said she might like to major in economics or statistics. 

The ACT, which is taken by nearly 60 percent of America’s college-bound students is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s score is the average of the four test scores.  On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all ACT test takers earn a top score.

Since 1998, 96 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT.