Marana student scores perfect mark on ACT

Marana student scores perfect mark on ACT
Jude Lykins scores top ACT score

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Marana High School student, Jude Lykins, earned the highest ACT score possible.

Only around two-tenths of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

Lykins isn’t your average student.

As a junior he is engaged in a variety of advanced academic and extracurricular activities including a member of the Academic Decathlon team, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Chapter and orchestra. He is also currently enrolled in his second year of Calculus and four advanced placement classes.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of one to 36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

From the nation’s high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.

In a letter to Lykins from ACT CEO, Marten Roorda said, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.

For more information about the ACT, please contact ACT at 319-337-1028 or e-mail

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