LDS teen earns perfect scores on the ACT and SAT

What started off as a friendly rivalry between brothers resulted in 16-year-old Justin Gottula achieving perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams.

Justin, a member of the Placentia 2nd Ward, Placentia California Stake, likes to set high goals for himself. When it came time to take the ACT, he decided he wanted to outdo his older brother Brett's performance.

However, Brett, now a senior at BYU majoring in mechanical engineering, achieved an almost perfect score — a 35 — on the ACT. Thus, nothing less than a perfect 36 score would allow Justin to reach his goal.

On his first attempt, Justin scored a 33. Not content, he retook the test until he achieved a 36. Within a few weeks of that accomplishment, he also scored a perfect 2400 on his SAT exam, something he said he was not intentionally trying to do.

Justin, who will be a senior at El Dorado High School in Placentia this fall, said, "I know I have a lot of college choices" because of the test results. But, he said, his goal is to attend BYU and major in electrical engineering. He believes BYU's positive environment, plus flexibility when it comes to serving a mission, will allow him to achieve both his academic and spiritual objectives.

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