Homestead High School juniors Shubhan Mathur and Said Tfaili both scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.
Homestead High School juniors Shubhan Mathur and Said Tfaili both scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. The ACT is a national college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. Both Mathur and Tfaili took the test in February 2018.
"We are immensely proud of Shubhan and Said, both of whom have distinguished themselves in unique ways here at Homestead,” said Principal Brett Bowers. “Both young men are model students and members of our learning community. They are passionate scholars in the classroom, and both of them use their talents and gifts outside the academic setting as well. Most impressive, both Shubhan and Said exude humility and are quick to credit those who support them on their academic journeys.”
Nationally, one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In 2017, fewer than 3,000 students from a group of over 2 million earned a composite score of 36. While earning a score of 36 on the ACT exam remains a rare accomplishment, six Homestead students have earned the perfect score since January 2018.
“When I finally opened my ACT letter on the weekend, I was ecstatic,” said Mathur. “I was really happy to see that all my work in getting prep books and practice tests from the library finally paid off. However, I couldn’t have achieved any of this without the help of my teachers, mentors, and, most importantly, my parents, especially my mom due to her personal sacrifices to help me pursue my goals at Homestead.”
“I honestly didn't expect such a score, but I practiced for it and I feel like my work has paid off more than I thought was possible,” said Tfaili. “What helped me the most was taking diagnostic tests, especially on the sections I knew I needed to work on, but I wouldn't have gotten a perfect score without some luck; I needed a 36 on all the other sections. I'm also glad I won't have to retake this test, which gives me more time to prepare for the AP tests in May—only a month away!"