Landon Bentley, a senior at Shelby County High School, has earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36.
Landon is the son of Robin and Russell Bentley, who works as the maintenance technical at Forest Oaks Elementary School.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36.
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.
“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, said Marten Roorda, chief executive officer for ACT in a letter to Bentley recognizing his accomplishment.”
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 U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
“Landon Bentley is not only a phenomenal student but a phenomenal person,” said Principal Barbara Snyder. “He adds so much to all of our programs at Shelby County High School. We are really proud of him.”
Synder said Bentley takes a full course load of Advanced Placement courses. In addition, he is also a member of the Key Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Scholars Bowl.