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Parkway students earn perfect ACT scores

By: Bonnie Krueger


Seven Parkway students scored a 36, the highest possible score, on the ACT college admissions and placement exam.

From Central High, the students are Matthew Chen, Varsha Murali and Balaji Vijayakumar. From West High, the students include Ben Goff, Jonathan Ma, Dawson Ren and Lawrence Zhou.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than two-tenths of 1% of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In 2018, 1.9 million U.S. high school seniors took the ACT and only about 3,700 received a composite of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

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