Grayson Love, a rising senior at Clover High School, has earned a perfect score on the ACT, an accomplishment that places him among the nation’s elite students.
Love, the 17-year-old son of Daniel and Ann Carol Love, earned the top score of 36 on each of the four scored areas of the college admission test, including English, mathematics, reading and science.
Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
Love said he didn’t do any extra studying or preparation for the test, which he took for the second time in late April. He first took the ACT in June 2014, and scored a composite 34.
But over the past year, he said, he focused on improving areas where he scored lower on the first ACT, with the goal of a perfect score.
“This year, I’ve had some really motivational teachers, so it really helped me with the things I was weakest at,” said Love, who was at Anderson University this week participating in Palmetto Boys State. “I was able to push a better score on those sections.”
Love said he’s interested in studying computer engineering, perhaps at Clemson University or at Vanderbilt University, a private school in Nashville.
He credited his teachers and family members for their support. “My whole educational experience has prepared me for this,” he said.
His mother, a French teacher at Clover High School, wasn’t surprised her son reached his goal.
“If Grayson sets a goal for himself, Grayson does everything in his power to reach that goal,” she said. “If he sets his mind to it, he’s going to do it.”
Love said her son enjoys learning and does well with testing in general. “He’s always been curious and always been a natural learner, and he’s really been blessed with wonderful teachers.”
She said Grayson received a letter from ACT this week about the perfect score.
“While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals,” ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said in a letter to Love.
On average, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score nationally. The actual number of students who earn a composite score of 36 varies from year to year.
Among ACT takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.
Love is a member of the award-winning Clover High School Choraliers and serves on the board of the school’s Interact Club, a student group with ties to Rotary International. This week, he is one of four students representing Clover at Palmetto Boys State.
ACT scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for academic rigors.
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