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McKinney Boyd Student Richard Jeong Earns Highest Possible Score on the ACT

Shane Mauldin|
Monday, March 25, 2024

Richard Jeong — McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney, Texas – Richard Jeong, an 11th grader at McKinney Boyd High School, has achieved what only about one-quarter of 1 percent of ACT test takers accomplish—earning the highest possible composite score of 36.

“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.”

According to ACT, about one‐quarter of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2022, only 3,376 out of 1.34 million students who took the ACT earned the top mark.

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.

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 major four‐year colleges and universities across the U.S.

Information provided by ACT.

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Richard Jeong — McKinney Boyd High School

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