Katie Clark, a senior at San Dieguito Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than .001 students who take the ACT earn a top score in any given year.
According to a news release, Clark plans on attending a four-year university next year to study International Relations, with a goal of becoming a diplomat or FBI agent.
“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Martin Rooda wrote in a letter to Clark, recognizing the exceptional achievement. “While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admissions decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”
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. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.