Act score

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  1. Nonstopmotion

    Nonstopmotion Member

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    Hello, I have a question for any of you that may know a bit about the acceptance process. I have a 3.6 gpa and i had a bit of a hard time when i first moved to my residential high school. We had to apply similarly to attend this school, at which we are taught college classes. The goal of this is for many of us who attend the school to place out of many classes or even a whole year of college. The way we do this is by condensing a whole year of study into 11 weeks. We complete 3 of these "trimesters" a normal school year. First question, how will this effect how they look at my gpa. If it is lower then that of someone who went to a normal high school but im taking the classes I am would i have been better off just staying at my high school and getting a 4.0? My second question is how they look at the ACT. Is it something the acceptance committee looks at in high regard? I currently am a junior with a 32, but I am hoping i can bump that up to a 34 or higher. For my last question. The school I attend, as you can imagine, attracts many individuals with great expectations. I love this aspect of my school because I continually compete with these over achievers in class and out on the field. However it has come to my attention that Boys state only accepts one male and female applicant from a school. This will not deter me by any means from applying for it, but to be frank I would be exceedingly lucky to get the appointment. How will this look when it comes time to apply?

    Sorry if I asked a bit much, I am getting quite anxious is all. West Point has been my dream from a very young age. The start of my class application draws near and I pray I will be one of the few privileged to attend. Thank you for your time.
     
  2. EPH13

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    GPA is much less important than class rank. Since schools differ so greatly on the "easiness" of getting an A, your academic prowess is more easily determined by seeing how you size up against your peers. Of course, not all peer groups are created equal, either, and admissions will take that into account.

    Yes, it is very important for you to improve your ACT score. You already scored a couple points above the average incoming cadet, but every point makes you more competitive. Admission is competitive; you have to beat some other guy to get in. Even if your ACT score is a point higher than his/hers, that candidate might stand out in another category and beat you out. Consequently, every point is another level of distinction that'll set you apart and make that scenario less likely.

    A word of advice: stay focused on this goal of yours. Don't let your daily routine get in the way of the things you need to do to get a spot on the class of 2019.
     
  3. Coltron

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    For one, Boys State does not take female applicants. That would be Girls State, which is run by an entirely different organization. Also, it seems a bit odd that they told you only one applicant could go from your school. How many students are in your high school class? Mine had 630, and 35 or so applied to Boys State. I was one of four that was selected to attend. That was for Arizona though, so it could be different. Although, only sending one person seems a bit off.

    Also, is your 3.6 weighted or unweighted? If it's unweighted, you have nothing to worry about. If it's weighted, try to bring it up a little, but it's still not that bad. Considering your test scores, I'm sure they'll score you pretty well for Academics.

    Good luck!
     

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