Rider High School senior Caleigh Studer wasn’t convinced she needed to take the ACT test this year but decided to do it anyway – to satisfy Mom.
Now she’s glad she did. She made a perfect score – a 36 – on the college entrance exam.
The feat is rare. Usually, less than 1/10th of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a perfect score.
For example, in the high school graduating class of 2016, 2.1 million students took the ACT, and only 2,235 of them earned a composite score of 36.
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and her exceptional score will make her a stand-out.
Caleigh, the daughter of Jessica and Loy Studer, was already satisfied with another college entrance exam score, the one she made on the SAT. So she had hesitated to sign up to take the ACT.
“In typical mom fashion, I encouraged her to take it anyway, just to see how she would do. So she agreed,” said Jessica, Caleigh’s mom.
Her mother knew her daughter was an organized test taker and, though she hadn’t done much prep for it, she had a knack for staying calm in stressful situations. Her interests and achievements also spanned a wide variety of subjects, which also is helpful for such tests.
With nothing on the line, Caleigh wasn’t nervous for the test at all. “It is often said about her that in those times she has ice water in her veins,” said her mom.
Caleigh was pleased and happy when she learned she had scored a 36.
“I only said ‘I told you so’ once,” said Jessica Studer.