Claire Sheen, a junior at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland, has been notified she earned a top score on a recent ACT test.
Sheen, the daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen of Mountaintop, earned a top composite score of 36 on the test.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test-takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.
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.
MMI college admissions counselor Stephanie Shandra said, “Claire is an all-around exceptional student. There is no doubt that she has innate talents and achieved this score through hard work and determination. Yet, for me, what makes her such an incredible student is her humility and willingness to always help whenever needed. With everything she does here at the school and in the community, earning a top score on the ACT is one of many accolades that are associated with her name. We continue to be very proud of Claire’s accomplishments.”
In a letter recognizing Sheen’s exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore wrote, “While test scores are just one of the many 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, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors of college.