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Regent University student receives perfect score on national chemistry exam

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Jonee Lillard, a Regent University student from Portsmouth studying biophysical science, received a perfect score on the American Chemical Society exam.

The standardized exam is given to first-year students in both the first and second semester of general chemistry. The test helps chemistry professors see how students compare to other students across the country.

The exam consists of 70 multiple choice questions to be completed in two hours.

Lillard is the first student to receive a perfect score in the past two years, out of 3,800 students from 34 colleges. The highest any other student scored in the past two years was 53 out of 70.

“Ms. Lillard is an incredibly bright student, and Regent is very proud of her incredible accomplishment,” said Dr. Patricia Lutz, assistant professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, also Lillard’s chemistry instructor. “She’s actually earned perfect scores on every test this semester, even after I added more difficult questions to make the tests even more challenging. I knew she’d score well on the ACS exam, but I wasn’t expecting a perfect.”

Lillard is considering a career in the medical field.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I read an article about the shortage of doctors in small towns and rural areas, and that’s something I’m open to,” she said.