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Best Friends Earn Best Scores on ACT – Perfect 36

Best Friends Earn Best Scores on ACT – Perfect "36"

Photo of Samuel Lu and Kate Jackson

Kathleen “Kate” Jackson and friend Samuel Lu have much more in common than just being best friends, they recently learned that each scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.  This accomplishment is exceptionally rare -  shared simultaneously among best friends, and given the statistics that less than ½ of 1% of all test-takers earn the top score.  Among the 2019 high school graduates in the US, just under 5,000 of the nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36, and Kate and Samuel are just juniors!

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.

In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

“They are both smart and hard working, but we, as parents, give much credit to the fantastic education they’ve received in the Little Rock School District, “said Katherine Lu, Samuel’s mother.

Principal Nancy Rousseau offered a reciprocal compliment, “And of course, the support that they both have received from their great parents.  We are truly proud of these two Tigers!”

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 US.