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Iowa student earns highest possible score on ACT Test

Less than 0.5% of all ACT test-takers are able to achieve the maximum score of 36, and Bettendorf junior Maxwell Rantilla is one of them.

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Bettendorf High School is currently the site of a rare educational achievement: a student achieving the maximum score on the ACT Test.

Bettendorf junior Maxwell Rantilla is one of the very few students in the U.S. to score a 36 - the highest possible score - on the standardized ACT Test.

The test is an exam used by colleges to determine admission requirements.

According to statistics cited by Bettendorf High School, about 0.5% of all ACT takers earn a score of 36. Nationally, the mean test scores fall between 19.9 and 20.6.

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The final ACT Test score is an average of four separate scores from the English, math, reading and science categories, meaning Rantilla obtained a perfect score in each.

Rantilla is a multitalented student at Bettendorf who participates in the speech/debate club and has qualified for the national tournament three times, plays in the band's wind ensemble and serves as the president-elect of Bettendorf High School's National Honor Society.

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