East High School stu­dent aces ACT test

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West Ch­ester East High School se­nior Sam D’Amore re­cently earned the high­est pos­si­ble com­pos­ite score of 36 on the ACT test. Na­tion­ally, while the ac­tual num­ber of stu­dents earn­ing a com­pos­ite score of 36 varies from year to year, on av­er­age, less than one-tenth of one per­cent of stu­dents who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test tak­ers in the high school grad­u­at­ing class of 2016, only 2,235 of nearly 2.1 mil­lion stu­dents earned a com­pos­ite score of 36 on the ACT.

The ACT con­sists of tests in English, math­e­mat­ics, read­ing, and sci­ence. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a stu­dent’s com­pos­ite score is the av­er­age of the four test scores. Some stu­dents also take the ACT’s op­tional writ­ing test, but the score for that test is re­ported sep­a­rately and is not in­cluded within the ACT com­pos­ite score.

In a let­ter rec­og­niz­ing this ex­cep­tional achieve­ment, ACT Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Marten Ro­orda said, “Your achieve­ment on the ACT is sig­nif­i­cant and rare. While test scores are just one of mul­ti­ple cri­te­ria that most col­leges con­sider when mak­ing ad­mis­sion de­ci­sions, your ex­cep­tional ACT com­pos­ite score should prove help­ful as you pur­sue your ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer goals.”

ACT test scores are ac­cepted by all ma­jor U.S. col­leges. Ex­cep­tional scores of 36 pro­vide col­leges with ev­i­dence of stu­dent readi­ness for the aca­demic rig­ors that lie ahead.

Stu­dents within the West Ch­ester Area School District col­lec­tively earned a top spot in re­gard to over­all par­tic­i­pa­tion – more stu­dents took the ACT this year than in any year prior. Ad­di­tion­ally, the district’s av­er­age test scores con­tinue to out­per­form state av­er­ages year af­ter year.

“I thought that I had done well on the test, but I didn’t ex­pect to re­ceive a 36 on it,” said D’Amore. “I was busy at that time of the year with school work, in­door drum­line, and the aca­demic team. How­ever, my fam­ily and I still found time to cel­e­brate with a spe­cial din­ner once we heard the news.”

D’Amore plans to study math and sci­ence and par­tic­i­pate in the march­ing band in col­lege.

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West Ch­ester East High School se­nior Sam D’Amore earned the high­est pos­si­ble com­pos­ite score on the ACT test.

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