East Ridge High School junior Lauren Go has one less thing to worry about this school year. Go scored a perfect 36 on a recent American College Testing (ACT) test, which was held back in June. 

“I’m really happy,” Go said. “I don’t have to take it again.” 

One-tenth of 1 percent of test takers achieve a perfect score on average, according to the official ACT website.

Go is one of three District 833 students who were able to achieve perfect scores on the ACT test. East Ridge High School senior Nikhil Gupta and Woodbury High School senior Michelle Mao were previously featured in the Woodbury Bulletin for their successes. 

The ACT consists of multiple choice 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. Some students also take the ACT’s optional writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

“I was so surprised by my multiple choice score,” Go said. 

Taking the test 

In preparation of the ACT test, Go said not only did she take time to go through the ACT review book, but she also took a practice ACT test. 

In total, Go said, she spent between five and six hours prepping for her test. 

“I took practice ACTs before and I didn’t find them particularly hard,” she said. 

On the day of the test, Go said she felt fairly confident. 

However, towards the end of the test Go started to struggle. 

“I was actually really nervous because towards the end I started having migraines,” she said. 

Unfortunately the migraines became so severe that she was unable to complete the optional writing test. 

“My head started to hurt really bad after writing a few things so I stopped,” she said. 

Future plans

Since Go is only a junior she hasn’t really started thinking too much about her college plans as of yet, but most likely it will be something in math and science since those are some of her favorite subjects. 

“I know I don’t want to take English or humanities,” she said. 

Knowing that she doesn’t have to take the ACT test again is a great relief to Go. However, she shares these words of advice to other students currently in the process of taking the test: 

“Your score is not the end of the world because you can always take it again, but definitely prepare ahead of time, don’t cram all in one night.”