When Westhampton Beach High School junior Jane Paulson sat down to take the ACT exam for the first time, she planned to use her results as a baseline to improve her score. She was anxious, and said she didn’t think she would do well. Little did she know she’d earn a perfect 36 score and catapult to the top 0.03 percent of the college qualifying exam test takers in the country.
“I wanted to do well, but couldn’t believe I got a perfect score,” she said.
Paulson said she prepared for the ACT by taking practice exams at home and in her junior seminar class. She reviewed the answers she got wrong to ensure she didn’t make the same mistake twice, but when she took the actual exam, she said she left feeling less confident.Westhampton Beach educators weren’t.
“Her scoring well was not a surprise, but a perfect score is amazing,” Westhampton Beach High School Principal Dr. Chris Herr said. “We are so proud of Jane for her perfect score on the ACT. Jane takes the most rigorous courses we offer and does exceptionally well.”
Paulson said she plans to continue to explore college and future career options. When not studying for her classes, including four Advanced Placement courses, she takes part in her school’s Interact Club and is on the field with her varsity softball team. She also volunteers with the Sunrise Movement, which aims to stop climate change.