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SAMOHI STUDENT achieves top A.C.t. Score


Trent A. Nelson, son of Allen and Rose Nelson and an incoming senior at Santa Monica High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.


Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2010, only 588 of nearly 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.


"We are very proud of Trent's accomplishment,” commented Ms. Nelson.  Trent’s score was a result of both his initiative and the fine education he has received from Samohi and the other SMMUSD schools he has attended since Kindergarten."


According to Trent’s family, he studied for the test by himself, taking practice exams from a study guide purchased at a local bookstore.


Samohi’s new principal, Laurel Fretz, stated, “Trent’s initiative to purposefully prepare for the ACT – not just through his regular school work, but on his own as well – is an example of what exemplary learners do.  Trent’s teachers are so proud of him and we are all eager to see him achieve great things in the future.”


The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.


In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many 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, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.


For more information about the ACT and ACT scores, please call Nancy Owen at 319.341.2289 or e-mail Visit the ACT website at





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