Baylor sophomore and Ringgold, Ga. resident Alyssa Kim has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, the entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
The ACT is a measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provides colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare applicants. Only 0.136 percent, less than 14 out of 10,000 students taking the ACT make a 36.
It is rare for a sophomore to take the ACT, but the April test was the fourth try for Kim. Her lowest score had been a 33. “I had plans to take a lot of AP classes during my junior and senior years and I didn’t want to be stressed by the ACT and SAT as well, so I just took them all this year,” says Kim. “I took the practice tests while I was in the eighth grade.”
The perfect score came as a surprise, even to such an accomplished student. “I woke up the morning the scores are reported and checked right away,” Kim remembers. “I saw the 36 and said to myself, ‘Wait, this can’t be right.’ And then it hit me that I actually got a 36!” Kim hurried to tell her parents, who were also in disbelief at first but, of course, ecstatic when the news sank in.
Even though college is two years away, Kim understands the impact the perfect score will have on her choices. Strongly leaning toward medicine, possible neurosurgery or cardiology, Kim has her sights set on Harvard with Johns Hopkins and Duke in mind as alternates.
Kim is the second Baylor student to report a perfect 36 ACT score this school year, joining senior Ryker von Klar, who aced the test in the fall.