Rockwood Summit High student Calvin Yan scored a perfect 36 on the ACT during his first attempt taking the test in high school.
Calvin attributes his success to a few different things.
"I used a couple of books along with an online question generator," said Calvin. "The practice tests were a great help in getting me used to the format and timing of everything. A good rest before the test also helped a lot. This result reflects all of the support I've gotten from my teachers, principals, peers and others."
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 0.2 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
"I was really excited, and my family feels the same way," Calvin said. "However, this is only one of my goals so far. My parents are always encouraging me to succeed in multiple areas."
In the future, Calvin is planning on studying either medicine or engineering with a possible minor in music.