Monday, October 22, 2018

Highlands Student Earns Perfect Score on ACT


Highlands High School senior Noah Cooley earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. Nationally, only about one-tenth of 1% of all students who take the ACT earn a score of 36.
As part of the annual state assessment, Noah first took the ACT in March, as is required for all high school juniors. On his first test, he earned an impressive score of 35, but he wanted to achieve his goal of scoring a 36, so he retook the test in September.

When asked about his thoughts on this achievement, Noah stated, “The most important factor in all my accomplishments has been those who support me and challenge me to be better. So, I found this quote by Oprah Winfrey: ‘Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.’”  

Even though Noah credits others for much of his success, his drive for academic challenge is clearly evident throughout his high school career. His schedule in both his freshman and sophomore years included an early bird class that added an extra class period to his school day. Additionally, his class schedules for grades 9-11 have included eight Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

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As for his senior year at Highlands, Noah’s schedule includes four AP courses: literature, government, calculus BC, and psychology.

Although currently undecided on a specific university, Noah plans to major in music education.

“We are very proud of Noah and his accomplishment,” said Laura Schnitzler Highlands High School guidance counselor. “He scored a 35 on the March state assessment ACT and decided to try again for a 36. He was successful in his quest and I am certain he will accomplish great things as he moves to his collegiate experience and beyond.”

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 the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT Composite score.


ACT test scores are accepted by all major US colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

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