SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Andrew Kriney, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36 on the February 2017 test.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. 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.

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.

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In a letter to Andrew 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.”

Andrew is currently looking at a wide range of colleges and plans to study engineering.

Deblina Mukherjee, Scotch Plains Fanwood High School senior, earned the highest composite score of 36 on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.