ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — They’re part of a special group at Lafayette High School.
"I got really excited, so I screamed a little bit," recalled Elvis Wei.
"I showed it to my dad and the first thing he says is, 'This must be some kind of fluke,'" added Bharat Sreekrishavilas.
They're two of the four seniors who aced the ACT at Lafayette High School. They all got a perfect 36 out of 36.
"Now people think you are a lot smarter than you are," said Bharat.
Don’t let the humbleness fool you.
"I think I just got lucky," said Emily Liu.
These guys are smart. Today in St. Louis anchor Rene Knott gave them a sample ACT question just to be sure.
"Twelve members of a group shook hands with each other before and after a meeting. How many total handshakes occurred?"
Want to take a moment to try to figure it out? Take a look at the bottom of this story for the right answer.
After a short discussion and punching in some numbers on a calculator, the Lafayette quartet got it right.
When it came to taking the ACT, they didn’t take their smarts for granted.
"Just come to school and learn," said Emily.
Here are the tips they say can help any student with getting a good score:
No. 1 Practice
"Pretending I'm in the exact testing situation doing it second for second," Bharat explained.
No. 2. Watch the clock during the test
"Focusing more on getting things right fast," said Elvis.
"If I can't read and understand what they want from me inside of 10 seconds, I skip it and move," added Patrick Rouff.
No. 3 Take the ACT more than one time
"That I think was my third or fourth test," said Patrick, adding that it’ll help you know what to look forward to. "It's experience basically."
And it'll take some of the pressure off.
"You're probably just going to go in, try your best, and if everything goes right it'll go right," said Emily.
Now, before you think it’s all work and no play for these guys, think again. They’re just like any other teenager when it comes to homework and play time.
"I just went home and played video games all night instead of studying for a test that I have in seventh period," one of the students said.
But by putting in the right amount of studying, they’re looking forward to bright academic futures.
"Being able to work with people, have this great passion for the same things I do and have this drive to push themselves," said Bharat.
They’re hoping to use their knowledge to make a difference.
"I think we all have aspirations to do great stuff," Bharat said.
"Do my best to make an impact, at least like a positive impact while I can," said Elvis.
By the way... the answer to that ACT question: 132.
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