Arkansas High junior scores perfect 36 on ACT


TEXARKANA — Arkansas High School reported Thursday that one of their juniors scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Benjamin Gustafson earned the distinction of landing among the fewer than 1.0% of students who take the ACT when he completed the perfect composite score.

The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school, is accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the nation. The test consists of English, mathematics, reading, and science portions, each scored on a scale of 1-36. There is also an optional writing portion to the exam. The composite is an average of all the portions, and it is likely that a student who scores so highly on the ACT has mastered all the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in first-year college courses and core subject areas.

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Benjamin, the son of Shannon Wright Gustafson and Howard Gustafson, received a letter from ACT CEO Marten Roorda.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Roorda wrote to the Arkansas High junior. “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

According to ACT, the U.S. high school graduating class of 2019 had 1.8 million students who took the exam. Only 4,879 were able to record a perfect composite score of 36.