Joe Goossens earns perfect ACT score

Senior Joe Goossens, the son of Forest Lake residents Ed Goossens and Amy Hall, has scored 36 out of 36 possible points on the ACT college entrance test.

Joe currently carries a 3.9 gradepoint average and is captain of the Rangers boys’ swim team. Before the Oct. 27 test date, Joe said, he spent two to three hours preparing for the test, using study guides and a sample test.

Goossens said he plans to study mechanical engineering in college and is considering attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison next year, based in part on their excellent mechanical engineering program.

This marks the second time this year that a FLHS student has scored 36. Ryan Sudo learned of his perfect score in July.

It is a rare accomplishment. In 2011 only 704 of the 1.6 million students in the nation who took the test turned in a perfect score, or about four out of every 10,000. The numbers for 2012 are not yet available.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional writing test, but that result is reported separately and is not included in the ACT composite score.

“This is really incredible,” said Forest Lake Area High School Principal Steve Massey. “Having one of our students getting a perfect ACT score is tremendous all by itself, but having two of them in the same year join this elite group is just amazing. I think it’s a real credit to the great students we have and the teachers who do such a great job in preparing our kids for college.”

“Earning a perfect ACT score is the result of extraordinary effort and the willingness to take challenging courses,” Massey added. “Joe is a tenacious worker and has taken challenging courses throughout high school, all while balancing his academics with his athletics. To me, that’s a sure sign of a guy who is going to be able to handle the rigorous college schedule he’ll face next year. I think Joe is well on his way to a very successful future.”