Austin junior achieves top ACT score of 36

Published 5:40 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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Austin High School junior Claudia McDonald, the daughter of Eva and Jeff McDonald, has achieved the top ACT score possible of 36.

The mark is something that only about one quarter of 1% of students achieve. In the high school class of 2022, only 3,376 out of 1.34 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

“Earning a top score on the ACT is a remarkable achievement,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “A student’s exceptional score of 36 will provide any college or university with ample evidence of their readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

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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.