West Des Moines Community Schools junior Katherine Snodgrass, sophomore Kathryn Wittrock, and ninth-grader Dorothy Junginger earned perfect composite scores of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of 1 percent of students receive a top score.
Snodgrass, Wittrock, and Junginger join five other WDMCS students who have earned perfect composite scores on the ACT this year. In addition, junior Emily Ash earned a perfect score on the English section of the test, and junior Bradley Qin earned a perfect score on the reading section of the test. They join several students who have earned scores of 36 on individual sections of the ACT this year.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is the average of the four test scores. Based on 2017 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.6 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 21.9, Iowa has the second-highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 21.
Read about other Valley students who earned top scores on the ACT this year:
- March 5, 2018