Fruita Monument student aces ACT, without trying

Photo by William Woody—Fruita Monument High School senior Sean McKee received a perfect score for his efforts on the standard ACT nationalized test. McKee is photographed at the offices of the Daily Sentinel Friday July 2, 2010.



Sean McKee wasn’t far into the ACT test before he realized he was going to do well.

He finished the first of four sections of the test with 20 minutes to spare and felt confident he didn’t have to recheck his answers. The rest of the test, which he took in April, went just as smoothly.

In June, the incoming Fruita Monument High School senior learned he received a perfect 36 on the test.

His secret for studying? Not studying.

“Prepping for tests has never been my thing. I just went and took the test,” McKee said.

McKee, 16, said he always has been a good test-taker, which keeps him humble about acing the ACT, a college entrance exam that tests students’ knowledge in English, reading, science and math.

“It’s not something I’m super excited about because it’s not something I worked particularly hard at,” he said.

His first thought when he saw his score for the first time in June was, “Does this mean I don’t have to take it again?”

He also took the SAT college entrance exam this year, but his scores have not arrived. McKee said he feels he did well on that test, too, but he’s not expecting another perfect score.

College plans aren’t firm for McKee, but his top pick is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all 2009 graduates who took the ACT scored a perfect 36, according to ACT.org. The average score on the test was 21.1 last year.


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