Getting a perfect score on SAT is a rare occasion. But scoring perfect on both the SAT and ACT is almost impossible.
Krystle Leung, a senior at Naperville Central High School, however, managed to pull it off. She scored the maximum 800 on each section of the three sections of the SAT, plus an optional French section, and aced all five sections of the ACT.
"It was pretty suprising. I think when I went through and it was sort of a 'Wow' moment, but in the end I remind myself to take my feet out of the air, stick them back on the ground," said Leung. "It's wonderful score and it'll certainly help with college applications, but it's not the end-all for my whole life. It's one special moment."
And when it came to the ACT, the only child of immigrant parents from Honk Kong earned the perfect score of 36 twice.
"I actually did not want to take it the second time. I took my first one in October and the second one was in April through the Illinois state requirements. It just turned out that way," she explained.
Leung is now looking at colleges and hopes to major in chemistry at a research institution.
"Ultimately one of my main goals would be to become a medical scientist, but also a compassionate physician along the way," she said.
Naperville Central High School principal Bill Wiesbrook said Leung is one of 12 students who scored perfectly on the ACT.
"But certainly what sets her apart is a perfect score on the ACT, twice, ... and then a perfect score on the SAT," he said, adding that it's dedicated parents and educators who make the positive difference in students' lives.
Compared with other Illinois students, Leung is head and shoulders above the rest.
Russell Schaffer, Senior Communications Manager at Kaplan Test Prep, said "382 of 1.5 million students scored perfect SAT scores in 2010 and 588 out of 1.5 million students scored perfect ACT scores."