Anthony Baum '18 achieves highest possible ACT score
Posted 10/13/2017 08:15AM

Anthony Baum ’18 achieves highest possible ACT score

Holy Ghost Prep senior Anthony Baum has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  

How rare is the feat that Baum achieved? On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

“Anthony is a highly motivated young man who has excelled as a student at HGP,” says AnnMarie Dougherty, the director of college guidance at HGP. “Anthony is a quietly confident young man with many gifts and talents. Through academics, extracurricular activities, athletics, and the arts, Anthony has contributed his best effort and continues to be open to expanding his talents even further.”

One of the top students in Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2018, the soft-spoken Baum currently takes five AP courses and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities. For instance, he was among a group of HGP students who traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the annual Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition, a national competition for high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering.

In addition, he is an artist, an Eagle Scout, and was one of the top bowlers on HGP’s league title-winning team last winter. Baum is not only a member of the National Honor Society, but also the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and is a National Merit semifinalist. 

“In my humble opinion, Anthony is a genius who flies under the radar,” says Dougherty.

Baum’s perfect ACT score adds credence to Dougherty’s statement. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each 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 Baum recognizing this 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.”

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.