William Wells Scores a Perfect 36 on the ACT®

Posted July 5, 2018 / Last updated July 17, 2018

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William Wells, a member of the Class of 2020, earned the highest possible composite score of 36 when he took the ACT® test this June. Wells, who attended Christian Brothers and St. Anthony of Padua before moving to Jesuit, is the son of Trisha and Michael Wells. Wells is the first member of the Class of 2020 to earn a perfect score on the ACT, after the Class of 2018 and the Class of 2019 each had four class members earn the top score.

At Jesuit, Wells is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, placing 3rd this year in ciphering and 1st last year in geometry at the state convention. In his spare time, Wells is an accomplished pianist, having been selected to play for the junior philharmonic of New Orleans and placing 2nd at the Metairie Music Club competition. Over the summer, Wells will enjoy some time off from concentrated study by traveling to England and Ireland with his family.

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. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Wells is the ninth Jesuit student to earn the top score in the last two years.