Ethan Douglas Hemmer, son of Brian and Bridget Hemmer and a senior at Troy Buchanan High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
On average, only around 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 more than 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.
Hemmer has taken the ACT exam four times since his sophomore year with the lowest score being a 32. He said he prepared for the exam going online for an ACT preparation course.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, FCA, Math for Fun, and ran cross country all four years. Earlier this year, he was named as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.
His plans are to attend college and pursue a career as an actuary.
In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “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.”
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 United States.