Local high school student earns perfect ACT score

June 27, 2018 07:53 AM

A local high school senior has done something less than one-tenth of one percent of students in the nation has done.

Sam Gilbert, a student at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, earned a perfect score on the ACT, which is a series of tests in English, math, reading, and science, along with SAT scores, are used for college admission.

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Out of the more than 2 million students that take the ACT, close to 2,000 get a perfect score. Gilbert earned a 36 on the exam when he was a junior and it was his second time taking it.

He studied for a few hours every week but he really credits practice tests for helping boost his score to the top.

"Just take practice tests to learn the question types and get used to the timing," Gilbert says "I think that a lot of students really struggle with the set amount of time and questions to answer in each section so taking practice tests helps you learn the timing and you'll do best on test day." 

Gilbert also adds it is important to get a good night sleep before the exam and eat a healthy breakfast. He also participates in the HF-L Math Club, National Honor Society, and more extracurricular activities.

So what's next for Gilbert? He will be heading into his senior year in the fall and start applying for colleges soon with plans to study math. 

There are some local groups that offer free ACT practice tests and proctored exams.


Kaci Jones

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