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Patrick Taylor Academy Sophomore Scores Perfect ACT

Christian Otero

Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy sophomore Christian Otero made the most of his first ACT. Otero scored a perfect 36 when he took the test this past February.

Otero is one of three JPPSS students to score a perfect ACT this school year.

“Christian came to us in sixth grade and I could tell then he was an exceptional student,” said Patrick Taylor Academy Principal Jamie Zapico. “He has a strong work ethic, collaborates well with others, and goes above and beyond to excel in his academic courses.”

This was Otero’s first time taking the ACT. He said he had a feeling while he was taking it that he’d have a high score, but didn’t think it would quite be a 36.

“It’s a pretty big accomplishment to me,” said Otero. “I’m proud of it and think it will have a big impact on my future.”

Otero participates in Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society at his school. He’s also part of the soccer, cross country, and track teams. Even with college a few years away, he’s already interested in studying chemistry or chemical engineering at MIT.

Otero is the son of Brenda Melara and Jorge Otero. In a letter to Otero 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.”

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. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.