Hamilton High School junior Andrew Tai did what few students have done – he earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam. Tai learned in a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda about his accomplishment.
“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Roorda wrote. “On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score.”
Among U.S. high school graduates from the class of 2016, only 2,235 of nearly 2.1 million students earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
Tai’s outstanding score demonstrates the value he places on learning, according to Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan.
“Andrew is a student committed to his studies and intrinsically motivated to be successful,” Mongan said. “His work ethic is impeccable, and as a result, he is currently listed first in his class.”
Mongan noted that Tai also participates in National Honor Society and DECA.
“His contributions to these programs add to an impressive and well-rounded resume,” she said.
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.