It’s a rare achievement – accomplished by only about one-tenth of one percent of the students who take the ACT college entrance test each year. But Ryan Sudo did it.
Sudo, who will be a senior at Forest Lake Area High School this year, learned on July 16 that he scored a 36 on his ACT test this year. Though data is not available for the 2012, in 2011 only 704 students nationwide out of the 1.6 million who took the test turned in a perfect score.
The son of Richard and Shelia Sudo of Forest Lake, Ryan currently carries a grade-point average of 4.0 and is involved in National Honor Society, student council, theater and speech at the high school. He said he is considering possibly attending Georgetown or Columbia University next year.
“Ryan is a phenomenal student who has a great appreciation for hard work,” said Forest Lake Area High School Principal Steve Massey. “He knows that academic success is the result of taking challenging courses and matching his ability with effort. Ryan takes very challenging courses and still finds the time to be involved in a variety of school activities. A perfect score is a great accomplishment that will open many doors for Ryan.”
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 ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many 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, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.