Acceptance to NASS without PSAT, ACT, or SAT score

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  1. CaptainBlack

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    I applied for the NASS without an ACT, a PSAT, or a SAT score. Do I still have a chance of being accepted?
     
  2. MMMom

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    Did you not take the PSAT or were you not happy with your score so did not provide it?
     
  3. CaptainBlack

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    I did not take the PSAT.
     
  4. MMMom

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    I honestly don't know the answer to your question, but it does seem from everything I have read that they place quite a bit of weight on scores for appointments, so it seems they would be looking at them for NASS as well. Are you planning to take the SAT or ACT soon?
     
  5. Whistle Pig

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    MMMom's response does shed light on the POV of USNA re: NASS applicants. These standardized exams provide the level playing field for all NASS applicants.

    Beyond the relative scores they provide enabling comparing NASS candidate #1 and #2 ... or to #222 or to #2,222 ... Having taken the exams is one indicator that the candidate is generally on a college-bound track. So it is a two-fold indicator. One is sorta like a "pass/fail" issue while the other is a grade issue, i.e. A, B, C, etc. or a %.

    Now, if there is some particular reason for reaching 11th grade without having taken any of these, then that should be communicated to USNA. They are always prepared to deal with unusual, exceptional circumstances.
     
  6. navywife87

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    If you haven't taken the PSAT, it should not count against you. My son was unable to take it because he was Captain of the football team and they had a game that day. He was still accepted to NASS and is now a plebe!
     
  7. CaptainBlack

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    Yes, I plan on taking the ACT February 11. Also, thanks for all the information, I guess I will have to wait to find out.
     
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    Did perhaps you take the PLAN test? This is the ACT equivalent of the PSAT for the /SAT's. I know my DD took that at the end of her sophomore year of high school. She then took the PSAT her junior year.
     
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    I did take the PLAN test
     
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    More importantly, did you submit your PLAN scores with your NASS application? If not I recommend you contact the Regional Director and report your scores to be added to your application.
    I really don't understand why there are so many prospects who seem to go out of their way to handicap themselves by not taking or retaking exams, etc, then wonder why they don't get an offer to NASS, or an appointment. Regardless of the flail about the actual number of applications, etc, the fact is that the selection process is very rigorous and competitive. It is the candidate's job to do his/her best to become the most competitive candidate possible!
    On a separate note, let me restate my NASS mantra: some highly qualified prospects will not get offers for various reasons not related to their qualifications. The nature of the NASS selection process has been discussed on this site on many occasions.
    The prospect's objective should be to get an inside look at NAVY. That being said, I strongly recommend that prospects go to <www.navysports.com> and check out the sports camps that are available.
     
  11. MMMom

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    Totally agree about the Navy sports camps! DS is waiting (impatiently) to find out about NASS so he can pick a week to go back to Navy Swim Camp. He attended last year and absolutely loved it and wished he had stayed for 2 weeks. We are keeping fingers crossed that even if he is lucky enough to be accepted to NASS that he will be able to attend a week of Navy Swim Camp as well.
     
  12. Whistle Pig

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    Amen.:confused:
     
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    For future reference, the PSAT is generally offered on two days...during the schoolday and on a Sat morning. My DS's school offered it Sat AM after homecoming. BRILLIANT!!! He signed up at another school, in a rural town 15 miles away. Older DS was in Brazil for his Junior year. He took an overnight bus to the closest school to offer PSAT. Of course, we had to arrange everything by ourselves in both cases.

    Neither son was captain of his football team, so putting forth the effort where possible was necessary.

    It sometimes amazes me that for all the pressure put on kids these days, school admins/AD's/coaches/choir directors can't coordinate or plan a little better.

    navywife's son is good example of how PSAT is like a lottery ticket. Next to nothing to lose, but much to gain. Congratulations to your son.
     

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