Gilmour Academy Junior Earns Perfect Score on ACT

Matt Mangel ’18, of Orange Village, was recently notified that he earned the highest possible ACT composite score – a perfect score of 36. On average, less than .1 of one percent of ACT testtakers earn a perfect score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 students out of the nearly 2.1 million who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science and each is scored on a scale of 1–36. 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 Mangel recognizing his 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.”

Mangel plays varsity hockey and runs cross country at Gilmour Academy. He also participates in the Chess Club and competitive speech and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has a 4.1 GPA and plans to pursue physics or chemistry in college.

Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school. It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori program beginning at 18-months-old and a Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. For more information about Gilmour Academy, visit and follow Gilmour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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