In a first for Little Rock Central High School, five seniors were simultaneously announced as "perfect" score recipients on the ACT, earning the highest possible composite score - 36. Those students are: Alex Borengasser, Deniz Erdag, Kathleen Jackson, Samuel Lu and Joseph Park.
Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2020, only 5,579 out of 1.67 million students who took the ACT earned a top 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.
"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."
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.
"Although we've certainly enjoyed having a number of exceptional students score a perfect "36" over many years at LRCH - having five at one time is a tremendous accomplishment! We are fortunate to have some of the brightest students in the country contributing to the legacy of excellence at Central, and I take great pride in their achievements, " said Principal Nancy Rousseau.
ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.