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Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score
Kaede Shimizu, daughter of Jonathan Shimizu and Sandy Xiao and a junior at California
Crosspoint Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high
school graduating class of 2020, only 5,579 out of 1.67 million students 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.
“Earning a top score on the ACT is a remarkable achievement,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “A
student’s exceptional score of 36 will provide any college or university with ample evidence of
their 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.
ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.