Kansas student aces ACT and SAT

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I took both the ACT and the SAT when I was in high school; I had dreams of attending college in the East and it seemed those schools preferred the ACT. I didn't do so good on either, but the ACT was definitely harder. Apparently, Jakub Voboril didn't notice a difference. He got a perfect score on both tests.

Jake was one of only two Kansas students to score a perfect 36 on the American College Test or ACT. Shortly after learning his ACT score, he found out he had scored a perfect 2400 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT. Neither the College Board (who administers the SAT) nor the American College Testing company track the number of students who get a perfect score on both tests, "Getting a perfect score is, in and of itself, very unusual," said Brian O'Reilly, a spokesman for the College Board. Of the approximately 1.5 million students who took the test last year, fewer than 300 got a perfect score. As for students getting a perfect score on both tests, O'Reilly noted "suffice it to say, it's a very, very small number."

Jake doesn't have a quick answer as to how he got his perfect scores. "I found out there's not a secret formula. Obviously, you have to pay attention in classes, take classes that are going to teach you what you need to know -- that sort of thing." He does have a tip for other future test-takers: sign up for the SAT question of the day. "They send you one question every day, right to your inbox," he said. "So you get a feel for the types of questions, but you don't have to sit down for a couple hours and take a practice test."

Obviously, acing these tests does not guarantee entry to a top notch school just as going to a top notch school does not guarantee success in life. Neither one hurts, however. I just know I'm glad that I'm done with all that. And congratulations to Jakub for an amazing accomplishment.

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