NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Congratulations are in order for three outstanding students at New Rochelle High School who received a composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance test. Eli Sills, Adam Itzkowitz, and Benjamin Greenfield each earned the top composite score of 36.
On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT achieve the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned the top composite score. In New York State’s graduating class of 2014 comprised of 54,496 students, of those who took the ACT only 73 students scored a composite 36.
Eli Sills’ pathway to NRHS was Barnard, Ward, Davis, and ALMS.
Adam Itzkowitz attended Barnard, Davis and ALMS prior to NRHS.
Benjamin Greenfield went to Barnard, Trinity, Davis and IELMS before NRHS.
The perfect 36 is rare with just 0.076% of all test-takers achieving it in the class of 2014. Roughly five times more students earned the next-highest score of 35. However, that is just 0.38% of test-takers.
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. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many 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.”
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.