Sussex Hamilton junior gets perfect ACT score

Less than .01 percent receive a top score
Posted at 9:25 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 11:45:28-04

Achieving a perfect score on the ACT college-entrance exam is not a common occurrence, but it’s not impossible either.

Hamilton High School junior Andrew Tai proved just that, receiving a perfect 36 on his exam.

Tai discovered his exceptional score in a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Roorda said.

According to Roorda, on average, less than .01 percent of all the test takers actually accomplish a perfect score.

"Tai’s outstanding score demonstrates the value he places on learning," said Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan. “Andrew is a student committed to his studies and intrinsically motivated to be successful. His work ethic is impeccable, and as a result, he is currently listed first in his class.”

Only 2,235 U.S. high school graduates from the class of 2016 earned a score of 36.

There were nearly 2.1 million students who took this exam this year.

There ACT is comprised of four tests: English, mathematics, reading and science.

Those four tests are then scored on a 1-36 scale and the final score is determined by the average of them all.

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, according to a news release.