June 8, 2012
Seven Stevenson High School students earned perfect scores on the ACT college-entrance exam this spring.
Five posted the top composite score of 36 on the ACT that was given on the first day of the Illinois-mandated Prairie State Achievement Examination on April 24. The other two perfect scores were registered on April 14, one of six nationally scheduled test dates during the 2011-12 academic year. The seven students, all members of the Class of 2013, who earned scores of 36 were:
- Yamini Chandra, of Buffalo Grove
- Justin Doong, of Kildeer
- Sarina Jain, of Long Grove
- Zijing Li, of Buffalo Grove
- Adele Padgett, of Lake Forest
- Tianlu Wang, of Lake Zurich
- Vivian Wang, of Vernon Hills
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of 1 percent receive a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2011, only 704 of more than 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.