juniors Rincon Jagarlamudi and William Millsaps had gotten tantalizingly close to a top composite score of 36 on the ACT before taking it again in February. They had each scored three 35s and a 36 on the test's four components previously.
When the latest round of scores came out last week, though, both found out that they had scored a 36.
"A 36, a perfect score, you can't touch that," Millsaps said. "There are no buts or ifs. For sure, it opens doors."
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. 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 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
A total of 14 Rockwood School District students have scored a 36 during this school year, including eight from Marquette.
"It's a credit to the teachers at this school. We have some really fantastic teachers," Jagarlamudi said. "The lessons we get are incredible. It shows through our standardized test scores as well."
Jagarlamudi said he was happy with his previous score on the test but decided to take it one more time because Rockwood offered it for free. Millsaps studied to bring up his score on the English component before drilling himself on practice tests to prepare for the one in February.
Their hard work paid off.