Lindale High School junior, Samuel Payne, has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36, LISD publicity officials have announced.
On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT will earn a top score.
Across the United States in the high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates 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.
ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda praised Payne for his accomplishment.
“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,’’ Roorda said in a letter. “While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school.
Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.
ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.