A local high school senior has done something less than one tenth of one percent of students in the nation have done. Sam Gilbert, a student at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, earned a perfect score on the ACT, a college entrance exam.

A local high school senior has done something less than one tenth of one percent of students in the nation have done.

Sam Gilbert, a student at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, earned a perfect score on the ACT, a college entrance exam.

Out of the more than 2 million students that take the ACT test, close to 2,000 of them get a perfect score. Gilbert got a 36 on the exam. The ACT is a series of tests in English, Math, Reading and Science.

The ACT, along with SAT test scores are used for college admission. Gilbert was a junior when he took the test and it was his second time taking it.

He studied for a few hours every week but he really credits practice tests for helping boost his score to the top.

"Just take practice tests learn the question types and get used to the timing," Gilbert said. "I think that a lot of students really struggle with the set amount of time and questions to answer in each section so taking practice tests helps you learn the timing and you'll do best on test day."

Gilbert also adds it is important to get a good night sleep before the exam and eat a healthy breakfast. He also participates in HF-L math club, National Honor Society and more.

So what's next for Gilbert? He'll be headed into his senior year in the fall. He'll start applying for colleges soon. He wants to study math.

There are some local groups that offer free ACT practice tests and proctored exams.