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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. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT Composite score.
Ankeny Student Achieves Perfect ACT® and SAT® Scores
Ankeny High School senior Matthew Brucker earned the highest possible ACT® Composite score of 36 and the highest possible SAT® score of 2400.
ANKENY, Iowa (December 18, 2015) - Ankeny High School senior Matthew Brucker earned the highest possible ACT® Composite score of 36 and the highest possible SAT® score of 2400.
"Ankeny High School is very proud of Matthew’s achievement," said AHS Principal Dr. Jeff Hawkins. "Matthew has pursued a very rigorous course of study while at AHS, taking many college level and AP® courses while here. Through this honor, and through being recognized as a National Merit Semi-Finalist, Matthew has distinguished himself as one of the top academic achievers in the state of Iowa."
Brucker said he never expected perfect scores on the ACT and SAT.
"At the end of the day, it's just a test score," said Brucker. "I'm a typical student,who just did well on the tests."
He hasn't picked a college yet, but he plans to study computer engineering.
ACT®Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year-to-year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36.
A perfect score 2400 on the SAT is incredibly rare. Out of 1.66 million test-takers in 2013, just 494 earned a 2400. That is only 0.03% of SAT scores.
The SAT consists of three major sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Each section receives a score on a scale of 200–800.