ACT and SAT

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  1. JPS

    JPS Member

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    I just have a few quick questions. Why is the minimum scores to apply so much lower than the actual competitive scores. Why isnt the minimum set higher. Are there actually scholarship awardees with 22s on the ACT
     
  2. cravius

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    No.
     
  3. kinnem

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    Just my own guess... in times of great need, when many officers are needed, it allows the pool to be broadened and deepened without "lowering" the standards. I also expect its just that scores have been improving over the years and the competitive scores are just getting higher and higher above the minimum over time. That, and $5.00 will get you a latte at Starbucks.
     
  4. Jcleppe

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    Wouldn't be too quick to give such a quick answer.
     
  5. cravius

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    Common sense dictates someone with a 22 ACT, which is not even high enough to get into many state universities, would not receive a ROTC scholarship in this climate.
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    In today's climate, and based soley on National Scholarship direct from High School, your probably right.

    My point is that there are many other ROTC Scholarship opportunities besides the National Scholarship.

    The OP asked why the minimum was so low and if there were scholarship awardees with the minimum ACT score. The min. is set this low as a benchmark, when recruiting is good the bar is set higher, when recruiting is poor, the bar is set lower. The minimum ACT also sets a number for those that are eligible to receive campus scholarships.

    Cadets can receive a campus scholarship, their ACT score in these cases are not a major factor other then the minimum. The battalion looks at how the cadet is performing in college.

    School choices can make a big difference for AROTC, applicants with low ACT scores (The Minimum) could still have a shot at some schools that have difficulty filling their scholarship numbers.

    The ACT scores, while a big part of the Academice section of the application, is not the only part. AROTC looks at the Whole Person Score. When my son applied he had a 24 ACT, most on this board said he had a very slim chance of receiving a scholarship due to his low ACT. As it turned out, he received a 4 year scholarship to 5 schools on the first board of the year. The entire application as well as school choices is what determines a scholarship award. Don't get me started on standardized testing, that's a whole different discussion. If one was to believe the experts, my son should be struggling in college due to his lower ACT scores, this is not the case.

    So, are there cadets currently on scholarship that had a 22 ACT, I would assume there are. They may not have received the National Scholarship, but a scholarship is a scholarship.
     
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  7. goaliedad

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    It seems that a lot of the prospective cadets who come here do have scores above 22 on their ACTs, it is also true that those same cadets tend to apply to the more competitive campuses as well.

    There are many schools that have ROTC where a 22 will put you in the top quarter of all admitted students. These schools have scholarship to award as well. And if these schools don't get candidates from the 3 boards, they will often offer scholarships to those who applied but don't get awarded a national scholarship. And yes, they may very well have ACT scores below 22.

    Your odds of being awarded a scholarship are always better if you apply...
     
  8. JPS

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    This being said how competitive is Auburn University
     
  9. Strength and Honor

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    Pretty competitive.
     
  10. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    We look for scholar/athlete/leaders...not everyone is a SAL, and we will take a strong AL, or SL, or SA. If an applicant didn't do so well on their standardized test, but is carrying a high GPA and taking AP classes they are still competitive. Add into the mix the fact that each school has a different mix of applicants and a 22 ACT may be competitive in some cases.
     
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  12. Jcleppe

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    no?

    Which question are you answering?
     
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