Two students from Kenston recently earned perfect scores on the ACT test. Congratulations to Annika Markoff and Aubrey Taylor, both seniors at Kenston who earned perfect scores of 36 on the ACT. The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: english, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The highest score possible is a 36, the average being a 21. The ACT can be retaken up to 12 times, with a fee for each test.
Annika and Aubrey were interviewed and asked a few questions. Annika says she’s taken the test two times, while Aubrey has taken it 4 times total. To prepare for the test, Annika said she used Khan Academy and waited until the end of the year to take the test. Aubrey said she borrowed a book from the library to prepare herself. I also asked both students if they felt like they did well after the test that they got perfect scores. Annika said, “No! I actually had to take five minutes off of the science section just to breathe because I felt too worn out to think.” Aubrey said, “It’s kind of hard to tell once you’re done, but I felt like I hadn’t missed too many math or science questions. English and reading are more hit-or-miss.” I also asked Annika and Aubrey for a few tips for anyone trying to get a perfect score on an ACT. Both students said to take the test during or after precalculus because that’s where the math questions come from. Annika also said, “Practice a few questions each day, and focus in on whatever you are doing.” Aubrey added, “With science I only read the questions to save time, not the huge background paragraphs.”