A student at Madison Country Day School recorded a perfect score on his ACT test this year. Not only that, junior Ethan DeLair scored perfectly on every section of the exam.
“I didn’t expect to get a perfect score,” DeLair said. “I was expecting a 35 at best.”
Acing the college-admissions test with a composite score of 36, the high-school student accomplished a feat that less than 0.2 percent of ACT test takers in last year’s class had.
“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” stated ACT CEO Marten Roorda, in a recent letter to DeLair. “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
DeLair achieved a perfect score on just his second attempt at the entrance exam, after scoring 34 in his initial endeavor.
He was at school when he received the results.
“Some of my friends were there and I just kind of ran off,” DeLair said. “I ran to tell my college counselor because I was so excited. He was super excited, too, because we had been talking about the ACT for a while.”
Having aroused their curiosity, DeLair and his counselor did some research and were surprised to discover he was only the second student in school history to earn a perfect score on the ACT.
The first was 2016 graduate Noah Sauer, who is attending Middlebury College in Vermont.
DeLair has now set his own sights on college, reporting that Princeton and Washington University in St. Louis remain his top two choices. However, he said he plans on waiting until the fall, before applying to either.
“I would love to go to Princeton,” DeLair said. “But it obviously depends on admissions.”
Although the university takes a student’s SAT score into account during its admission decision as well, DeLair said he has no plans to attempt the other college entrance exam.
“I’m never taking the SAT,” DeLair said, “not after this.”