ACT Scores

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  1. thepetester

    thepetester Member

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    Does the USAFA superscore the ACT scores? If so, would/should the highest score from each part of the test show on the test scores portal?
     
  2. 2019 mom

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    yes.
     
  3. Pima

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    To paraphrase flieger the answer would be 36! Now if you are looking at the mean I believe it is 31 or 32.
     
  4. baileydb

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    So if we scored really high in one area but no so hot on another, will they kind of let one good score make up for a bad one? For example, I got 35 in English but only 26 in Math (and I have taken it 3 times and STILL can't seem to raise my math score!). Will a good English balance out the iffy math one?
     
  5. JoeyM

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    I don't understand any of this. The ACT has a composite score. The USAFA superscores. "Balancing" out anything makes zero sense. If you meet the scores, you're good, if you do not, then it's set in stone like that. An 800 in SAT reading (for example) won't offset a 400 in math if that's what you're asking. It has no relation with your aptitude in mathematics in any way, and since (hypothetically) you could do really well on a certain section, there's no way they could think, "well maybe (s)he is just a bad test taker."
     
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  6. USAFA83GradWife

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    I think you're confused about what superscoring means. If you take the ACT more than once, they take your best math score, your best english score, your best composite score. They don't average anything. If you're having trouble with the ACT math, try the SAT. Some people do better at one over the other.

    Also, math is pretty important. They start you out at Calc 1, so you need to be ready for that.
     
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    I've always read that of the SAT/ACT subscores, the math score is always the most important.
     
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  8. baileydb

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    I think I should be able to handle Calc 1 next year, because I am taking AP Calc AB this year and doing decently well. I am honestly surprised I didn't do better on my math portion, as I have been in advanced math all throughout high school. I am just nervous that my score is too low to be really competitive...but I guess we'll see come March.
     
  9. thepetester

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    do you have to take calc even if you are taking something like a history major?
     
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    I have a 33 Math and 32 Science but only a 28 in English and 29 in Reading. Are these scores competitive with what gets into the academy?
     
  11. Rocko

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    Yes. Everyone will take Calc 1 and Calc 2.
     
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    You do if you attend USMA or USNA, so I assume the same is true for USAFA. There is no escaping Calculus. :bang:
     
  13. Pima

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    Have you not looked at the mandated curriculum? USAFA is commonly referred to as the Little Engineering School in the Rockies. It is a Math/science oriented college.
     
  14. thepetester

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    my son probably has. We share this account. I am looking on the USAFA site now and although I can see each majors curriculum, I don't see the first year requirements.
     
  15. thepetester

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    i found it.
     
  16. Pima

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    Your composite would be a 30. What you also need to understand is your ACT score is just a % of the PAR. PAR is just a % of the whole score. They are also going to look at your cgpa, class rank, course curriculum rigor and school profile.

    Is the score in the range of appointees? Yes. Do people with higher scores not get appointed while those with lower scores do? Yes. It is the whole package in the persons profile they look at.
     
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    My DS validated Calc 1 and Calc 2 so did not have to take either. He started with Calc 3. I don't know if he would have had to take any Calculus if he decided to pursue a history major.
     
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    That's super impressive. I can't believe he would want to start at Calc 3! He must be a super genius!
    What does the typical math schedule look like over the 4 years? I'm assuming Calc 1 then Calc2, but then what? Do you have to take Calc over all 4 years?
     
  19. USAFA83GradWife

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    From my understanding, Calc 1 and 2 are required. Calc 3 is required if you go into a hard science (Engineering, Physics, etc.) How much more math you have to take will depend on your major.
     
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    Will you be required to take some sort of math all four years?
     

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