When Erick Rodriguez received the letter containing his score on the ACT college entrance exam recently, the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy junior was surprised to find an additional letter congratulating him on earning a perfect score on the test.
He said that he did not believe the letter at first, and he was convinced only after checking the paper with the letter that broke down his score on the March 3 ACT. He had indeed earned a perfect 36 on the ACT, the first in PMSA history.
"I was not expecting that at all," Erick said. "I told my parents and they were pretty happy."
On his last practice exam, he had earned a 32, so he went into the ACT exam expecting at most a 34, he said. He said that he had had trouble on the science portion of the practice ACT, leaving eight questions unfinished. He also had not practiced much on the math portion.
However, Erick said that he had great teachers help him to prepare.
"We have teachers who helped us with their respective subjects," Erick said, adding that he worked hard to avoid "simple mistakes" on math problems. "My studying for it was the teachers giving us practice exams."
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Erick’s accomplishment was rare, and should be celebrated.
"According to ACT, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takes earn a perfect score, so Erick is in elect company," Dr. Karvelas said. "He is a credit to the excellent education provided to all of our students at PMSA, and we are proud of his perfect score."