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Union freshman John Dumancic, a student at Villa Madonna Academy, scores perfect 36 on his ACT

John Dumancic of Union earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

On average, only around one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns a top score.

In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

John Dumancic

John is the son of Dominik and Laura Dumancic. He is 14 years old and will start his sophomore year at Villa Madonna Academy in August.
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 Dumancic 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 the 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 U.S.

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