Eva Casto, a 15-year-old sophomore at Maumelle High School, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test administered in December. Her mother, Cindy Casto, is a teacher at Maumelle High and Middle School.

It’s a rare, but not unique achievement. Other Arkansans have scored 36 this year, though there’s not a single comprehensive source by state that lists them all. Reports of 36s in recent days have come from Conway, Vilonia, Fayetteville and Magnolia. Reports of others are welcome. A news release from the Pulaski County Special School District notes:


Fewer than half of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.


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.


The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas. ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.