Congratulations to Arcadia High junior Luke Maledon for earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. 

Like the SAT, the ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test that is used as a factor in college admissions. The ACT was established in 1959 and tests four academic areas: English, math, reading and science. There is also an optional writing section for those students who elect to complete it.

The highest score for the ACT is 36, and according to The Washington Post, the average ACT composite score for 2019 was 20.7.

“Most colleges require students to take either the SAT or ACT,” Luke said. “Earning the highest score is pretty cool, actually, and it will help me get into whatever college I choose to apply to.” 

“He is a pretty amazing kid. I am very proud of him,” said Michael Maledon, Luke’s father. “Believe it or not, he’s probably even more talented with his musical and film hobbies.” 

“Earning a perfect score is indicative of many skills, like the ability to think logically, problem solve and be creative,” said Arcadia High Principal Todd Stevens. “Luke has a skill set that is few and far between. We have many bright and talented students, and his achievement was exceptional even by the high measures we have here at Arcadia.”

As for test preparation and anxiety, Luke said, “I didn’t prepare for the ACT or study for it. I’m a good test taker,” he said. “I just showed up at Arcadia High and took it.”

Luke’s mom Lesley agrees that her son has excellent test-taking skills. “Luke looks for context clues and what makes sense. He’s also really good at guessing and taking standardized tests. On test day, he wasn’t stressed; he just walked in calm and cool and did his best.”

The Princeton Review, a popular scholastic testing prep company, states that “a score of 23 on the ACT is above the current national average and will make you a strong applicant at many universities. The higher your ACT score, the more options are open to you.”

“I’m going to attend college,” Luke said, “I just don’t know where right now.”

“Luke has always been a creative and artistic soul,” Lesley said. “He likes to draw, and he’s self-taught on the guitar, the piano and the drums. He has a great imagination and a creative mind, and I see him pursuing some creative profession.”

And while he has not yet settled on a specific career path, Luke does enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and he regularly plays guitar with his friends.