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High School student scores perfect ACT score

High school senior Isaac Hanemann has no plans to follow in his father’s footsteps to become an agribusiness consultant.

“It’s a lot of writing and writing; it’s just not for me,” he said.

Instead, he’s a man of science.

“Right now I really want to go into research for physics” Hanemann said. “I want to work in a laboratory and be a part of ground-breaking research.”

He spends a lot of time studying to get into college to pursue his dreams.

He recently took the ACT and now stands out in class for more than his height.

“I got a 36,” he said.

A perfect score.

He is the second person at the Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes to do it.

“It’s like winning the lottery to have a student like that in your class. He has the character traits as a student to do it,” teacher Dale Coalson said.

About 1.69 million students took the ACT this year and only a handful got perfect scores.

Hanemann is one of 74 in the state of Texas on that list.

“It was really surprising, but it felt great,” he said. “It’s still sinking in.”

He said his time at the Science Academy has prepared him for his educational success and looks forward to contributing to the science field.

In the meantime, he is still hitting the books hard to get ahead.


For those who don’t know the ACT:

So what is a good ACT score? The exam consists of four parts: English Language, Reading, Mathematics and Science. Each category receives a score between 1 (lowest) and 36 (highest). Those four scores are then averaged to generate the composite score used by most colleges. The average composite score is roughly a 21. That is, about 50% of test-takers score below a 21.

For students who took the ACT with writing, the writing section is scored on a 12-point scale. The average score is between 7 and 8.

Very few students get a perfect ACT score, even those who get into the country’s top colleges. In fact, anyone scoring a 34, 35 or 36 is among the top 1% of test-takers in the country…


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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013 by in Education.
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