Lake Forest Student Among Seven to Earn Perfect ACT Scores

Stevenson High School juniors scored perfect 36s on the college entrance exam this spring.


A Lake Forest student is among seven Stevenson High School students to earn perfect scores on the ACT college-entrance exam this spring.

Adele Padgett posted a perfect score of 36. The other students included:

  • Yamini Chandra, of Buffalo Grove
  • Justin Doong, of Kildeer
  • Sarina Jain, of Long Grove
  • Zijing Li, of Buffalo Grove
  • Tianlu Wang, of Lake Zurich
  • Vivian Wang, of Vernon Hills

Five students received 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.

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.

— Submitted by Stevenson High School

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