BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A junior at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Stephen Gaudin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Gaudin, earned the highest possible composite score, a 36, on the ACT.
On average, less than a tenth of one percent of students who take the test receive a perfect score. Across the country, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million students in the 2016 graduating class scored at 36.
"I was pretty surprised when I found out I got a 36 on the ACT. I thought I did well, but I wasn't expecting a perfect score. Getting a 36 has always been a goal of mine, so when I finally got the score, I was ecstatic," said Gaudin.
The ACT consists of tests in English, math, reading, and science. A student's composite score is the average of all fours test scores. The optional writing test is separate and does not factor in to the composite score.
"My mom has definitely been the biggest help for me. She encouraged me to take the test as often as possible. I guess it has paid off because I knew what to expect and was prepared to do well on the test," said Gaudin.
In a letter to Gaudin from the ACT CEO, Marten Roorda, he says, "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."
Gaudin is a member of the drum line in the CHS Marching Band, and also plays drums for the Show Choir and Pep Band. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the editor of the Junior Classical League, vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, and serves as a Student Ambassador.
After graduating in 2018, Gaudin plans to major in aerospace engineering. "Currently, I plan on applying to the United State Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, and Stanford. If I go to a military academy, I want to become a jet pilot," said Gaudin.
ACT scores are accepted by all major colleges and universities in the U.S. A score of 36 shows the student is more than ready for the academic rigors that lie ahead.