West Milford student earns perfect ACT score

Achievement 'significant and rare,' CEO says


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  • Audrey Leibig, a senior at West Milford High School, earned a composite score of 36 on the 2017 ACT Exam, which is the highest score possible to earn.



By Patricia Keller

Audrey Leibig, a senior at West Milford Township High School, earned a composite score of 36 on the 2017 ACT Exam, which is the highest score possible to earn -- a perfect score.

According to a press release by ACT.org, “On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.”

The National Average score earned by students on the ACT is 21.

In a letter sent to Leibig recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple 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.”

About the ACTSimilar to the popular SAT exam, the ACT is another leading standardized entrance exam used for U.S. college admissions. The ACT measures what students learn in high school to determine academic readiness for college, and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. Both ACT and SAT scores are used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions, along with high school GPA, academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation, interviews, and personal essays. The weight placed on ACT and SAT scores vary from school to school.

According to information from The Princeton Review website: “The SAT and ACT generally test the same types of content. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions and merit-based scholarships. The biggest differences between the tests are that the ACT has a Science Test, and there’s one SAT Math Section for which you cannot use a calculator. Colleges don't prefer one over the other...”

A side-by-side comparison of the two exams is also available on the website (www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act).

While the SAT is scored on a scale of 400–1600, the ACT is scored on a scale of 1–36.

The ACT exam has four main sections: English, Reading, Math and Science which are each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. In addition to the main four subject area tests, there is an optional 40-minute writing test available that is also required by some schools; however, the score for the ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately, not included within the ACT composite score. For more information about the ACT exam, including testing dates, registration, study guides, FAQ’s, and more, visit: www.act.org.

Acknowledgment of achievementPaul Gorski, West Milford High School Principal, stated: “Having been recently recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar, Audrey Leibig has achieved an even loftier recognition, scoring perfectly on the ACT! Audrey is a talented musician as well, earning All State Jazz Choir honors and performing with excellence in our State Championship Highlander Band. A truly exceptional young lady, we are so very proud of Audrey's achievements! Her Highlander example demonstrates the quality of educational programs and preparation at our high school. We are excited to see what the future holds for Audrey and all the members of the Class of 2018!”

Parents Lisa and Joe Leibig commented, “We are so incredibly proud of Audrey. She works so hard at her studies, and still manages an impressive schedule of marching band, choir, theater, tutoring, and lately, writing essays for her many college applications! She is looking forward to some well-deserved time with her friends when all those essays are done.”

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