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Union sophomore scores perfect 36 on ACT test

Pictured are Union High School sophomore Anthony “Tony” N. Tan with Class Principal Marla Robinson after he scored a perfect 36 on his ACT.

Originally posted November 29, 2018

Union High School sophomore Anthony “Tony” N. Tan has scored a perfect 36 on his ACT test, Class Principal Marla Robinson said. He is the son of Chibing Tan and Zhimei Liang of Broken Arrow.

“This is quite an achievement and something he should be proud of,” Robinson said, noting that Tan first took the ACT test as a seventh grader and made an amazing score of 28 back then.

Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top 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.

In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

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.