One Conway High School student is done taking the ACT for good.
Jarrett Hoover, 17-year-old senior at CHS, took the test for the fifth time in June and scored better than he ever thought he could.
The first time he took the test in seventh grade, Hoover made a 22, the second time a 29, the third and fourth a 33 and now a perfect score of 36.
Though he’s pleased with the results, selfish desires are what first persuaded him to continue.
After their fourth time, Jarrett and his twin brother Cole — the sons of Dean and Sheri Hoover of Conway — realized that Cole had scored a 34, one point higher than Jarrett.
“The reason I took it that fifth time was to beat [Cole],” Jarrett said.
Jarrett said when the twins got their results from that fifth test, the family was on vacation so they were together when the envelopes were opened.
Upon seeing he had been beaten, Jarrett said Cole was is disbelief, and probably a bit jealous, but eventually came around and was happy for his twin.
“Obviously, [Cole] was a little upset at first, because it was a competition, but he’s fine,” Jarrett said.”
The CHS senior said he didn’t take any classes to prepare but did study the week before he tested, especially for the English and reading sections, which were his lowest scores — he said math and science have always been his strong subjects.
Jarrett said though he did put in some work, he never expected the 36, especially since his previous score being so high.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it either at first. It took [awhile] for it to sink in.”
Jarrett said his parents were thrilled.
“We were all really excited,” he said. “My parents were really proud.”
While he didn’t tell many people, Jarrett said, that didn’t stop the news from spreading. He said he started getting congratulatory texts soon.
Right now, he said, his plans are to head into his senior year, but after that, wants to go to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to study engineering — his brother Cole has the same plans, but to study a different field of engineering.
Though he toured both Duke University and Vanderbilt University, Jarrett said he’s always been an Arkansas fan and has grown up visiting the school and attending Razorback games.
“I can’t really see myself going anywhere else,” he said.
Jarrett said accomplishing this amazing feat has felt good.
“I’ve always worked really hard in school,” he said. “[It] feels good … [I’m] proud of myself.”
Jarrett said does owe his success to the great teachers he’s had who have helped and advised him regarding the ACT and the pointers they gave him.
“Just being in their class, overall, helped,” he said.
Summer was good, Jarrett said, but he’s looking forward to sitting back and enjoying his senior year versus what the other students will be doing … scrabbling to take the ACT.
“I think senior year will be really fun,” he said.
Jarrett also received a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda.
“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” the letter reads.