Molly Wooster earns top score on ACT college admissions exam

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent earn a ‘perfect 36’

Molly Wooster, a 2017-18 junior at Lee’s Summit West High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

Molly is the daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Wooster. She was selected to attend the Missouri Scholars Academy, serves as captain of the Junior Varsity Science Bowl, is vice president of the LSWHS Kindness Council, volunteers weekly at Abundant Life Church and participates in LSWHS robotics, Math Club/Missouri Math League, Spanish Honor Society and Youth Advisory Council. In addition, she is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate.

Just a handful of Lee’s Summit R-7 students have achieved a 36 on the ACT over the past several decades.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to Molly, Marten Roorda, ACT chief executive officer, 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.”

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.

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