Loyola Student Achieves Perfect ACT Score

Loyola College Prep student Ben Maxey has joined the ranks of an elite group of high school students to earn the highly-coveted perfect ACT score of 36. The ACT is a national college admissions exam consisting of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading and Science. Of the more than 1.9 million U.S. students who took the ACT last year, less than one-tenth of one percent scored a perfect 36. Similarly, in Louisiana, only 21 out of 49,178 earned a perfect score. Students at Loyola College Prep earned an average composite score of 25 on this year’s ACT. By comparison, the national average is 21. In Louisiana, students averaged 19.1.

Ben attributes his success to the educational foundation he has received at Loyola as well as a lot of practice. “For me, the best preparation was just taking the ACT before,” said Maxey, who took it three times before with scores of 33, 34, and 35. “You can get all those study books, but the best practice is just to keep taking it and being familiar with it.”
Maxey also credited Loyola with helping achieve the perfect score. “The challenging classes and the content in those classes at Loyola have really helped me with a well-rounded education,” he said.

Ben was also recently named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, making him eligible for more than $33 million in scholarships. Less than one percent of students in each state qualify to be considered a semi-finalist. Finalists will be announced in January 2015.

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