Bloomington students earn top scores on ACT

Published on May 11, 2022
Web teaser of Peter McKinley and Siri Anderson

Jefferson junior Peter McKinley and Kennedy junior Siri Anderson earned perfect scores on the American College Test (ACT). On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students taking the ACT earn the top score of 36.

McKinley and Anderson were students in the district’s gifted and talented program, Dimensions Academy (grades 3-8) and took Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses in high school.

In his free time, McKinley is a sponsored skateboarder, teaches adaptive ski lessons and plans to take a month-long backpacking trip this summer. McKinley plans to attend a four-year university to study Chemistry.

Anderson plays volleyball, track and several instruments with the Kennedy Orchestra. She is involved with student government, National Honor Society and Quiz Bowl, and is a member of the science olympiad and math teams. Anderson plans to attend a four-year university to pursue Biology or a STEM-related field. 

The ACT exam 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. Students may also take the optional ACT writing test. 

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges and provide evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors of postsecondary study.