MUNDELEIN, Ill. – Samantha (“Sammy”) Dickmann, of Grayslake, a junior at Carmel Catholic High School, earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1% of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36.
When Dickmann began taking practice tests for the ACT she set a lofty goal: to get a perfect 36. “I knew it might take a few attempts, but that it was something I could achieve,” said Dickmann. It certainly was within reach; in fact the perfect score came on her first attempt.
“I didn’t believe it,” said Dickmann recalling how she felt when she saw her ACT score for the first time. “It felt surreal and exhilarating at the same time.”
At Carmel Catholic, Dickmann is involved in a large number of activities, including the Math Team, Astronomy Research Team, Astronomy Club, Junior Leaders, Bike Club, Spanish Club, WYSE, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. While she does not yet know where she will attend college, she is interested in studying physics-based engineering.
“We are extremely proud of her achievement,” said Mark Ostap, Carmel Catholic Principal. “Sammy is a leader among her peers who demonstrates enthusiasm for any activity she is involved in. Her perfect ACT score is a reflection of her commitment to her education; she’s passionate about it.”
In a letter from the ACT chief executive officer recognizing Dickmann’s exceptional achievement, the CEO 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.”