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Walker Watson '22 Achieves Top Score on ACT

Walker Watson, son of Stacy and Andrew Watson and a senior at Bayside Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Bayside Academy’s Co-Director of College Counseling Ellen Blackwell said, “Walker is a true academic and capable of coursework at any level. We are so proud of him!”

Fewer than half of 1% of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2020, just 5,579 out of 1.67 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.

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 with 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 U.S.
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