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West High student earns perfect ACT score

Paden Davis 1/8/2018 -- West High's Paden Davis scored a 36 -- the highest possible score -- on the ACT college admissions and placement exam.


Davis, a junior, is undecided where he will attend university, but is looking at MIT, Georgia Tech, Washington University- St Louis and Purdue. He plans to study electrical engineering then go to graduate school to become a robotics engineer. Outside of the classroom, Davis plays baseball for Parkway West and for the Adidas Surge, and is involved in the Robotics Club.


Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of nearly two million graduates who took the ACT earned a 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 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 all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.