John Deneen

John Deneen, a junior at South St. Paul High school, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36 when he took the test this April.

Only around two-tenths of 1% of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, math, reading and science, and each is scored on a scale of one to 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 not included in the composite score. 

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

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