Four Parkway West High students recently learned they scored a 36 – the highest possible score – on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. The students are Clementine Arneson, Grace Dong, Caleb Levy and McKay Morgan. The students took the ACT in September.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than 1% of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2020, only 5,579 out of nearly 1.67 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score 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.