Rex Evans, son of Shari and Ray Evans and a junior at Santa Monica High School, earned the
highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of
students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017,
only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of
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 Chief Executive Officer
Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores
are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions,
your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and
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 U.S.
Submitted by Shari Evans