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July 11, 2016
NEW LENOX -- A trio of sisters from the Chicago suburbs has broken the record for the highest combined ACT test score by a set of triplets. Alayna, Madeline and Corina McDermott, all juniors at Lincoln-Way West High School, scored a combined composite score of 104 on the college entrance exam back in October. Then after working with a test prep company, they sat for the ACT again in February and increased their score to 106. The previous high score was 103, set in 2012 by a set of Iowa triplets. The McDermott sisters didn't realize they had broken the record until their most recent test results came back. Two of the sisters scored 35, while the final triplet scored a perfect 36 on the test.
Before their second attempt at the test, the McDermotts worked with LogicMax ACT online, based out of Southlake, Texas. They were attracted by the company's ability in raising ACT scores, so they worked with them to practice tests, learn tips and work one-on-one with an instructor. As the triplets begin to look at universities, Alayna and Madeline are pursuing engineering programs while Corina intends to study psychiatry. About two million students take this test each year, and roughly one in 1,600 score a perfect 36. Another one in 800 students receive a 35. The chances that the McDermott triplets would achieve two scores of 35 and one perfect 36 are roughly one in a billion.