LINDALE — Samuel Payne, a junior at Lindale High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36, a grade only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students get.

Among U.S. high school graduates in 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million students who took the ACT earned a 36 as their composite score.

The ACT tests students in English, mathematics, reading and science, with each scored on a scale of 1–36.

A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.

ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda wrote a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, saying “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple 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.”