For Davidson senior Chandler Whiting, there really wasn’t any trick to studying for the ACT college entrance exam.
“Davidson does a great job of preparing us through the curriculum,” Whiting said. “We have higher-level programs like the IB program. The classes here push us to learn more.”
The preparation that Whiting received at Davidson paid off, as he recently learned that he earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, placing him in elite company around the country. According to PrepScholar.com, only 0.108 percent of the students who took the test in 2015 earned a perfect score.
With the broad scope of subject matter included on the test, it can be difficult to study for in a traditional sense. That makes the solid foundation that Whiting received at Davidson all the more important. He’s a member of the school’s EPIC (Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum) Signature Academy and is one of four Davidson seniors named as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarships.
“I was lucky enough to have really good teachers through the EPIC program and other programs at Davidson that have helped me prepare for it, just in my classes,” he said. “I’m proud to be a Davidson Warrior. We have a really good program here. It’s just incorporated in the curriculum.”
Whiting hopes to go to the University of Alabama after graduation and is still deciding which major he’ll pursue, with pre-law a possibility. Although he doesn’t plan to continue studying engineering in college, Whiting said the math and science background he’s gotten in EPIC and the experience of being a member of the Davidson RobotEx team, which won the South’s BEST regional robotics championship, are invaluable.
“It’s helped me a lot through the mentoring,” Whiting said of his participation in RobotEx. “I was just proud to be a part of the team. This was my first year on the team, so I wasn’t in a leadership position, but I like to think I took the helm and did my best for a first-year team member.
“I do think that math and science play a critical role in the world that we’re approaching in the future,” he added. “I think that’s really important and I love that Davidson stresses that so much.”
Whiting said he was “shocked” and “elated” when he learned of his perfect ACT score, which will help set him apart from other college applicants and open avenues to potential scholarships.
What advice does he have for other students preparing for the college entrance exam?
“I’d say relax,” Whiting said. “You have to walk in the room confident and sure of yourself. Answer every question, even if you’re not completely sure. If you have an inkling, pick that choice.”