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North High Student Aces ACT

Abby Lammers, a junior at Parkway's North High School, recently learned she scored a 36 -- the highest possible score -- on the ACT college admissions and placement exam.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

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 four test scores. The ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.