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Two Gwinnett students score top marks on ACT, SAT

Two Gwinnett County Public Schools students will have an impressive college application after earning a perfect score on a college-entrance exam.

Parkview High's Cong "Tom" Hui got a perfect score on the SAT, while Matthew Faulkner of Shiloh High earned top marks on the ACT. Both Gwinnett students are seniors in high school who took the test last year as juniors.

Shiloh's Faulkner is one of only four students in Georgia to achieve perfection on the ACT when he took it last April. Only 268 test takers from around the world earned the highest composite score possible. The test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. It consists of subtests in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. A student's composite score is the average of the four subtest scores.

Parkview's Hui earned a 2,400 on the SAT college admission test, scoring a perfect 800 on each of its three sections - critical reading, mathematics and writing.

The college entrance exams assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The score is used by colleges and universities as a college entrance tool to predict how well students will perform at the postsecondary level.

SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to students; therefore, the school system relies on student reporting and does not have a list of perfect scores. Throughout the year, students continue to take and receive results on college-admissions tests, and other students may achieve perfect scores as well.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.