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JCA student earns highest ACT score possible

Jack Smith
Jack Smith

JOLIET — A junior at Joliet Catholic Academy scored a 36 on his ACT, the highest score possible according to a press release by the school.

Jack Smith earned the highest score possible on the college entrance test. On average, about one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a perfect score.

In the U.S. high school class of 2017, 2,760 students out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT scored a 36.

"(Jack's) achievement on the ACT is significant and rare," said ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda in the press release. "While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admissions decisions, (his) exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as (Jack) pursues his education and career goals."

The ACT is made up of four main parts: English, mathematics, reading and science. Each scores on a scale of 1 to 36. The student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. There is an optional writing part of the test that is scored and reported separate from the four main parts of the test.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam which measures what the students have learned in school. Students typically take the exam in their Junior year. The scores for the ACT is accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.

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