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Mason student scores perfect ACT score

Victor Chen. (Source: Mason City Schools) Victor Chen. (Source: Mason City Schools)
MASON, OH (FOX19) -

A Mason High School senior can breathe a bit easier when applying to college thanks to his perfect score on the ACT

Victor Chen scored a 36 on his second time around, according to Mason schools. 

Less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a perfect score.

In 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

Even though it was his second attempt at the ACT, he wasn't aiming for a perfect score.

"I definitely wasn’t trying to get a perfect score. I was hesitant to even take the state funded ACT in March because I was already happy with my previous score," said Chen in a release.

Chen is part of the first group of Ohio students who took the college-entrance exam this spring for free at school as part of new testing requirements in the 2014 Ohio education law. 

Taking practices tests and rigorous classes are what he credits to his perfect score.

"This helped build a strong foundation in these subjects that is really key to achieving a high score on these types of tests," said Chen.

Chen currently is the MHS student body president, plays for the varsity tennis team and is a violinist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In college, Chen hopes to study economics and/or biomedical engineering.

The Mason City Schools Board of Education will honor Chen's accomplishment at its Aug. 8 meeting.

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