- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri high school senior has pulled off a rare feat: Perfect scores on both SAT and ACT exams.

Amy Dai is a senior at Cape Girardeau Central High School. In preparation for attending college, she scored a perfect 36 on her ACT and a 2,400 on the SAT. For good measure, she also scored a perfect 1,520 on her PSAT, a pre-test for the SAT.

It’s unclear how many people have scored top scores on both. Neither the ACT nor College Board, the company that administers the SAT, track that.

Central High principal Chris Kase told the Southeast Missourian (https://bit.ly/2hptQ1p ) that a couple of students have scored 36s on their ACTs, but he’s not aware of anyone scoring perfect on both tests. He called her “one in a million.”

Dai said she took the SAT first. When she got the results, she was in shock.

“It kind of blew me away,” Dai said. “I couldn’t believe that was what the paper was saying. I had to read it over a few times just to convince myself that my eyes weren’t going haywire. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.”

She later took the ACT, receiving the same results over the summer.

Fewer than 1 in 1,000 students earn a composite score of 36 on the ACT, which measures college candidates in English, mathematics, reading and science.

The SAT changed its scoring scale to 1,600 in March, but College Board spokeswoman Maria Eugenia Alcon-Heraux said only five of 2,024 Missouri students in the class of 2016 scored the pre-change maximum 2,400.

The old version of the SAT, which tested in reading, mathematics and writing, produced just 579 maximum scores nationally from the more than 1.6 million tests taken by seniors last year, according to Alcon-Heraux.

Dai’s father is an engineer and her mother a computer science professor at Southeast Missouri State University. She’s on the tennis, speech and debate teams, has been involved in dance since age 5, is an artist and self-published a fiction book as a freshman.

She’s also naturally inquisitive, self-studying beyond Physics I because it covered only “the mechanical side” as well as Calculus III.

She’s not sure where her studies will take her, or what her major will be. She is exploring schools in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

“I’m still looking to learn more and more,” Dai said. “That’s why I want to go to college.”

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, https://www.semissourian.com


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