Sixth Time a Charm for Teen with 36 on ACT

Sixth Time a Charm for Teen with 36 on ACT

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingMonday we told you about a high school freshman who aced his ACT. Turns out it's a goal he's been working toward since 7th grade.

Kenneth Brewer may look like your average 14-year-old. He looks out for his younger brothers, likes to play sports and spends a lot of time on the computer. But this high school freshman recently took the ACT college entrance exam and got a perfect score of 36.

Kenneth Brewer, Aced the ACT: "I was hoping for a 36, but I thought I would probably make a few stupid mistakes and get a 35."

Joe Simons, Kenneth's Calculus Teacher: "I've had other students score a perfect on the ACT, not a lot, but here and there there is a student. But generally they are seniors."

Kenneth has actually taken the ACT five times before, starting in the 7th grade.

Kenneth Brewer: "Sixth time is the charm for me."

His first score was a 28., and each time he took the test, the numbers got better. So what's his secret?

Kenneth Brewer: "I just took lots and lots of practice tests. Towards the end I was taking a practice test every weekend."

Cindy Brewer, Kenneth's Mom: "It's kind of like an Olympic sport for him I guess. He just thinks it's fun and he likes to do them."

Kenneth's score means he won't have to take the test again. But he'll still keep busy with classes like calculus.

Mr. Simon says he's taught accelerated sophomores before. But this is the fist time he's had a freshman take AP calculus."

Kenneth also knows five languages, including Latin. At home he speaks German with his mom and brothers.

While he's accomplished one goal, the teen says he'll now focus on acing the SAT.

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