Dawson High School junior Chinmay Walavalkar recently achieved perfection on the American College Test (ACT) with a score of 36. Only around two-tenths of 1% of all ACT test takers earn the top score.
Walavalkar was pleasantly surprised by his results.
“I didn’t have a chance to really prepare for the ACT because I was studying for the SAT, so I did not expect to get a perfect score,” Walavalkar said. “I tried for a 36 score, but I wasn’t sure I would get it.”
Among US high school graduates in the class of 2018, just 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.
Walavalkar is passionate about computer science and is currently considering which colleges to apply for.
“I’m definitely going to apply for UT Austin and some out of state schools like Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon. I’m not sure that I’ll be applying for Computer Science but really enjoy the fact that it has such a strict set of rules and you can do so many powerful things with it and achieve incredible results,” he said.
The ACT test is comprised of four multiple-choice subject areas: English, Math, Reading and Science with an optional Writing section. Each section and the composite is scored on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the average of the student’s four required subject test scores.