Samantha Bindner, daughter of Jim and Cindy Bindner and a junior in the international baccalaureate program at Socastee High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than 1/10 of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
Earlier this year, Bindner’s piano skills earned her a spot as one of nine finalists in the state selected by Hootie and the Blowfish in South Carolina’s Futureminds “THIS School’s Got Talent.” She is also a competitive dancer and Miss Socastee, and will be competing in the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in June.