Seven students at Oak Park and River Forest High School got a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT — something that only two-tenths of 1 percent of the 1.8 million graduating seniors who take the test each year are able to do, District 200 officials explained in a statement.
The students include Veronica Brooks, Garrett Credi, Evelyn Drews, Aaron Freeman, Marissa Kuriakos, Alex Yuan and one student who preferred to remain anonymous.
Interestingly, the rarity of a perfect ACT score is gradually diminishing, according to Katie Rose-De Laet, of applerouth, an online test prep and tutoring resource.
“It’s true that more students are taking the test than in the past,” Rose-De Laet wrote. “In 2007, 1.4 million took the ACT; by 2017, that number was 2 million, an increase of almost 43%. That being said, the growth of perfect scores seems to be outpacing the growth of the test. A decade ago, perfect scores made up 0.038% of tests annually, which means one student out of 2,600 could expect a perfect score. These days, it’s more like 0.2%, or one in five hundred. That’s an increase of 500%.”