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5 Questions: Granite Bay High School student gets a perfect score on ACT

By: Sydney Maynard, Granite Bay View intern
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Junior and senior years of high school are stressful with the preparation for ACT and SAT tests and completing college applications. Granite Bay High School senior Kimberly Sinclair, 16, is one student is making it all look easy – she managed to get a perfect score of 36 on her ACT.

The ACT is composed of five sub-scores and one composite score. The categories are science, reading, mathematics, English and combined English/writing. Only 781 of over 1.66 million students who take the ACT get a perfect score.

Sinclair studied hard and took the test two other times before logging a perfect score on the Sept. 8 test. Her first choice colleges are Columbia University and John Hopkins University.

1. What do you like to do in your free time?

I’ve been playing clarinet for eight years and I’m in the band at my school, so that takes up a lot of my time. I’m really active – I do a lot of hiking and running.

2. Did you study for it?

Yeah. Ironically I studied more for the SAT. It took a lot of self-dedication to study for it.

3. Did you feel prepared going into the test?

I felt prepared going in (and) I thought it was stressful while I was taking it. It didn’t feel any different than any other test when it was finished.

4. Were you surprised when you found out you got a perfect score?

Yes, I was very surprised. I was sitting with my friends and we were all looking at our scores and I told my friends they had to look at it for me because I didn’t believe it.

5. What career field do you want to go into?

I’m looking to get a major in astrophysics and be an astronomer or theoretical physicist or something of that sort.