By Matthew Piechalak | 

Two Parker Upper School students earned the highest possible score on their ACT test. 

Alexandra Coyle McDonald and Alec Sheres, both Class of 2022, each earned a composite score of 36 on the standardized test, which is used for college admissions in the United States. Fewer than one percent of all test takers earn the top score, according to ACT. Roughly 1.67 million students nationwide took the test this year. 

The ACT consists of tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A tester’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. According to ACT, a student who earns a composite score of 36 has likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas. 

 “Earning a top score on the ACT is a remarkable achievement,” says 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.”