Nathan Geist, a sophomore at Knoxville Catholic High School, recently earned the highest possible score of 36 on the ACT.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test-takers in the high school graduating class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned a perfect score.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
“We are incredibly proud of Nathan’s accomplishment, especially one that so few achieve. In the past 10 years, we have only had one other perfect score, which was achieved last by KCHS graduate Josh Sommers (class of 2015). Nathan has a multitude of academic and personal goals for his future, and we can’t wait to see where life takes him,” said Knoxville Catholic counselor Kat Coy. ■