junior Eric Chai earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT exam he took Feb. 8. It was Chai's second time taking the exam after earning a 35 on his first try.
"I was pretty happy," Chai said. "I wouldn't say I was necessarily shooting for it, but I knew it was definitely possible."
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Only around 0.3 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
Chai is one of 10 Rockwood students to earn a perfect ACT score this school year, including five from Marquette. He plans to study computer engineering or a subject related to the medical field in college.
pretty cool to get a perfect score," Chai said. "I still have college
applications, the rest of this semester and my senior year, but it’s a good
accomplishment. It wil l definitely set me apart.”