Six Dist. 211 students get perfect ACT scores
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The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education has honored six students for achieving a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT exam.
The students included Palatine High School student Emma Heckelsmiller, William Fremd High School students Robert Andrews and Soumik Biswas, James B. Conant High School students Glenn Huang and Nikita Pillai, and Hoffman Estates High School student Milan Patel.
Three of the six students, Andrews, Biswas and Pillai, were also recognized by the board for accomplishing this feat for the second time.
The ACT, which is taken by nearly 60 percent of America's college-bound students as well as all junior students in Illinois as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination, is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.
Palatine High School student Emma Heckelsmiller said she was very surprised when she learned she scored a perfect score on the ACT.
"I couldn't believe it. I was so excited because I didn't think I could be one of those people that accomplishes this," she said. "I did study on the side to prepare, especially in science because I struggled with it the most, but a big part of it was getting enough sleep and staying on task."
Glenn Huang said his accomplishment was unexpected because he was just taking the exam to see what it was like. He will be taking it again in the spring and believes with hard work anyone can accomplish a high score on the ACT.
"I was pretty surprised, and I didn't think I was going to get a perfect score," Huang said. "I was trying the test out to see what it was like. With a lot of hard work, I think scoring a 36 on the ACT is attainable for anyone."
Less than one-tenth of one percent of all ACT test takers earns a top score. Out of more than 1.8 millions students who took the ACT in the Class of 2013, 1,162 students got a score of 36.
Since 1998, 58 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT, including five students who have done it twice.
Heckelsmiller offered this bit of advice to her peers who have yet to take the exam.
"Find your problem areas and practice them," she said. "Keep practicing until you feel better about the subject, relax, don't stress, and just do your best."
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