Wooster Sophomore Jacob Hannan Earns Perfect Score on ACT

(May 6, 2021) – Jacob Hannan, a sophomore at Wooster High School, has achieved a perfect score of 36 in all subject areas on his ACT exam. The ACT is a nationally-recognized, standardized exam taken mostly by juniors and seniors in high school, and is used as part of the college entrance process. 

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, science, and a writing test that is optional and scored separately from the composite exam score. Hannan credited his course load at Wooster High School for his score on the test.

“While I spent a few hours directly preparing for the ACT with practice questions, I feel the most valuable preparation I had came from the classes I have taken throughout high school,” he said. “This year, I took AP Calculus AB, which relies heavily on mathematics learned in Algebra and Geometry. I also took AP English Language and Composition, which proved invaluable in preparing me for the reading and English sections. Taking these classes gave me more preparation for the ACT than any practice questions and tests could have.”

Of the 1,670,497 students who took the test in 2020, only .003%, earned a perfect 36 score. The national average score in 2020 was 21. 

“After I completed the test, I did not expect to have scored a 36,” Hannan said. “There were a few questions, especially on the English and reading tests, about which I was relatively uncertain, so I was quite surprised to see I had scored a 36 when the scores were released.”

“Jacob has shown incredible intelligence and work ethic throughout his short time in high school,” Wooster High School Principal Tyler Keener said. “Earning a perfect ACT score is impressive, and to accomplish this feat as a sophomore is even more remarkable. Jacob definitely has a bright future ahead of him and we congratulate him for this achievement.”

Hannan said his plans are still open as far as his future is concerned, but said he is looking forward to continuing his education at Wooster High School. “I plan to take advantage of the many Advanced Placement classes offered at Wooster. They are extremely helpful in preparing for college, and will give me a better idea of what I want to study in college.”