Chen Scores Perfect 36 on State-Funded ACT

Chen Scores Perfect 36 on State-Funded ACT
Posted on 07/26/2017
Victor ChenMason High School senior Victor Chen scored a perfect 36 on the ACT that he took in March at school. A member of the Class of 2018, 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.  This was Chen's second attempt at the ACT, but he wasn't aiming for a perfect score the second time around.

"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. To prepare for the ACT, I just took a few practice tests. Ultimately, I think what prepared me the most was taking rigorous classes. Specifically, taking AP classes in English and Mathematics. This helped build a strong foundation in these subjects that is really key to achieving a high score on these types of tests," explained Chen.

Friends and family were very excited for Chen's accomplishment, but his modesty shows when discussing that perfect 36. 

"With the caliber of students here at Mason, my perfect score was just a drop in the bucket compared to all the amazing achievements and accolades earned by Mason students. I think a lot of people have the misconception that anyone who earns a perfect score is a genius, but ultimately, it’s just a test. I think more than anything it reflects the fact that I took the time to learn the test, and the amazing education that I have received here at MHS."

Chen is not just an excellent test taker - he's consistently taking the lead in serving others and pursuing activities that feed his body, mind and soul. As MHS Student Body President, he oversees Ohio's largest high school's Student Government. Chen plays for Mason's Varsity Tennis team, and is a violinist in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. He also hosts the National Honor Society's Talent Show that raises funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

In college, he hope to study Economics and/or Biomedical Engineering.

Chen is the son of Jing Chen and Lufang Wen of Mason. The Mason City Schools Board of Education will honor his accomplishment at its August 8 meeting.

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