Baylor senior Ryker von Klar has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, the entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
The ACT is a measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provides colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare applicants. Only 0.136%, less than 14 out of 10,000 students taking the ACT make a 36.
How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school but overall, the higher a student scores on the ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.
“I felt like I was doing better than before,” says von Klar, who made a 34 on his first attempt at the ACT, "but I never dreamed I was getting a 36. I was at school and got an email that said my scores were available, but I thought 'that’s nice,' and just continued on with my day. When I got home, my parents were jumping up and down and saying ‘Well done, Ryker…Great job!’ And I was thinking, ‘Thank you, but why?’ That was fun.”
Hoping to study physics or astrophysics in college, von Klar realizes that the perfect score will likely open the doors of many colleges and universities. “Having so many choices will be nice,” he smiles.
Those options will begin to show up very soon, but von Klar says he is still very early in the college application process. “That starts next week,” he grins.