'Holy mackerel!': Wake County teen reels in perfect ACT score

Posted November 7, 2017 10:46 a.m. EST
Updated November 8, 2017 7:28 a.m. EST

— Getting a perfect 36 score on the ACT standardized test is a major achievement.

Of the 2 million American students who take the test each year, only about 2,700 students achieve the sterling score, according to higher education officials. But after the most recent round of testing, one Wake County student learned that he is now a member of that elite club.

Ask any high schooler in North Carolina and they'll likely say standardized tests are difficult. Cary Senior Academy student Brandt Evans, though, felt good about the test.

“I felt pretty confident about most of it, but I didn't feel like I just aced it or anything like that," Evans said.

Even after taking the test twice, Evans felt "so-so " about his score, which is what made his perfect 36 even more shocking to his parents.

“I was like, 'Holy mackerel! Are you excited? I can’t believe this,'" Sharon Evans said.

While Brandt Evans' score was remarkable, his college counselor at Cary Academy says he is actually one of a handful of their students who aced it.

“I think it just speaks to the strength of Cary Academy and just the strength of our college instructors here all the way down to just the peers," said counselor Brandon Carter.

Evans said he does have a secret ingredient to his success—an unconventional tool that he said every student should try before taking the ACT.

"Personally, I just like to eat the scrambled eggs," Brandt Evans said. Scrambled eggs and a glass of orange juice.

With his perfect ACT score, Evans hopes to attend Duke University next fall. He said he plans to study mechanical engineering.

Wake County Public Schools also said its district had 12 other students who garnered a perfect ACT score.