C.E. Murray High School student scores 32 on ACT

VIDEO: C.E. Murray High School Student scores 32 on ACT

GREELEYVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Williamsburg County School District student is being praised for a high score on a college entrance exam.

Taylor Reed, a junior at C. E. Murray High School in Greeleyville, scored a 32 on the ACT, according to a release from the district.  The highest score possible is 36.

The entrance exam is used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It measures a high school student's readiness for college and provides colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.  The ACT is scored on a 1 to 36-point scale, and a test taker's composite ACT score is the average of the four section scores.

Based on numbers from InsideHigherEd.com, Reed's score is exceptional.  While Reed is very happy about his score, he said he is not satisfied.

"I am hoping to get a perfect score on the ACT before I graduate," Taylor said. Last year, Taylor scored a 31 on the ACT, and he believes that it's a "fair balance" between the amount of preparation he receives at school and what he does on his own.

"I have always been good with taking standardized tests," he said.

Taylor plans to further his education after graduating from high school at a college or university where he will major in Computer Science, district officials said.

He shared that he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and strives to help his mother, whenever she needs him.

Taylor's mother, Francene, says her son has always been eager to learn, and he learns quickly.

"Taylor always performed above his grade and developmental levels, and we have always advocated for him to be challenged in school because he is easily bored," she said.

"When I discovered Taylor's stellar ACT score, it just confirmed everything I previously observed about him," C. E. Murray High School Principal Dr. Gwendolyn Harris said. "He is always focused, on task and a deliberate learner, who is focused on a goal. He exudes confidence that extends beyond the classroom. It is obvious that he is committed to achieving goals that will take him to the next level."

The ACT test is administered by American College Testing, a nonprofit organization.

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