Parkway South student aces ACT

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Derek Berndt.

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – You might think it takes a rocket scientist to ace the ACT college placement test. In the case of Derek Berndt, a senior at Parkway South High School, you wouldn’t be far off.

Berndt, who plans to major in chemical or nuclear engineering, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He took the ACT on April 28 as a junior when the exam was free to all Parkway juniors.

Less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT record a perfect score.

And where will Berndt go to school to chase his engineering major? He’s applying to Purdue, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The ACT is made up of four separate tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored 1-36; a student’s composite score is the average of the four tests.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges and universities.