Los Altos High student aces ACTs, district ranks high on test

Kevin Friend of Los Altos High School earned a top score of 36 on the recent ACT, ranking among approximately 0.1 percent of students testing nationally.

Among test-takers in the high school graduating class of 2010, only 588 of nearly 1.6 million students earned a perfect composite score of 36.

“While these scores are just one of many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite scores should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals,” wrote ACT CEO Jon Whitmore in a letter recognizing Friend’s achievement.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA) registered above state and national averages on the 2010-2011 ACT, administered in the spring.

The district composite average for the ACT was 27.1, compared with the state average of 22.1, and an improvement over last year’s 25.6.

The percentage of MVLA ACT-tested students who scored ready for college-level work, 65 percent, is more than double the national average of 30 percent.

All major U.S. colleges recognize ACT results as valid indicators of potential college performance. The ACT includes subject area 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.

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