Boyle County student achieves perfect ACT score

Published 3:16 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2021


News release

Wesley Allahham, son of John and Carla Allahham, a sophomore at Boyle County High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

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Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2020, only 5,579 out of 1.67 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36. Amy Bugg, creative director for Boyle County Schools, said Boyle County High School shared that Wesley’s older brother, Faris, a 2020 BCHS graduate, also achieved a 36 on his ACT.

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.

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

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 US.