admissions essay

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  1. hockeypunk9199

    hockeypunk9199 Member

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    For the admissions essay, it says to write a biographical sketch. What is a biographical sketch? and tips or anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    A story about you? Biography is a story about a person so I would say it is a story about you and your life. Mind the limits!
     
  3. LadderdaddyO

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    application

    Hi
    My son is in the process of filling out his application and doesn't want to send it until he retakes his SATs again. I told him that he could update his score after he takes it. So my question is "can he update his scores later on" I also told him not to worry about his score there very good. He is just concerned about his writing score, its just average.

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  4. KP13Mom

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    SAT scores

    Ladderdaddyo~
    I believe they only consider the math and verbal or reading score, not the writing score.
     
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    He can redo his test scores after he sends in his application. I believe there is a deadline as to when the last scores will be accepted. Look on the website.
     
  6. kpskilegac

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    SAT scores

    Unless things have changed admissions will use the two highest scores (verbal and math) no matter how many times he takes the SAT as will most Senators and Congressman. Make sure he continues to send scores to both KP and his potential nominating authority. Many academy reps encourage applicants to take the SAT as many times as possible b/c of this admissions practice. With the new SAT rules, your son can select which score dates he wants to send so if he has a bad day, it can be omitted.
     
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    On the Facebook page that "Kings Point Diversity" there was a post last week I think that gave the new math score required. Can't exactly remember it but you might want to check it out. Good Luck!
     
  8. McMom

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    My son scored higher on the ACT test. Not sure why but you can take either or both several times.
     
  9. shutterbugC

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    My son also scored higher on the ACT test than the SAT and they accepted those scores.
     
  10. jasperdog

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    Here's my understanding: Starting this year USMMA will do rolling admissions so your son, and everyone, should complete their application as soon as possible so it gets assessed early and often until he/she receives an appointment.

    With regard to the Standardized Test Scores, in particular the SAT, as long as your DS designates the USMMA as one of the recipients to receive the score from the Testing Service, his scores will be automatically update. Further as indicated by others USMMA only scores the critical reading and the math score, and they take the two highest scores you receive and use them. Specifically if you take the SATs in September and November and in September you score:
    Critical Reading: 650
    Math: 570
    total: 1220
    and subsequently in November you score:
    Critical Reading: 600
    Math: 620
    total: 1220;

    for the purposes of assessing your application for admission to the USMMA, the Admissions Staff will consider your SAT scores as:
    Critical Reading: 650
    Math: 620
    for a total of 1270.

    My recommendation is complete the application as son as possible, as you suspect and indicate, when the SAT scores are updated, they the application will again be reviewed. If he waits, the application will not be reviewed until his package is complete.

    As far as the application/SAT score deadline that is usually in January, though now with the updated process of rolling admissions, I would recommend you contact the admissions staff at USMMA directly and not rely on anything relative to that you get unless you get it fright from "the horse's mouth, as things may be different regarding deadlines for that sort of thing starting this year.
     
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    To add to Jasperdog's excellent and otherwise comprehensive remarks: the admissions people do not seem to place a very high importance on the writing portion of the SAT test.

    If an applicant has reasonably good verbal and math scores, a low writing score probably will not have a strong negative effect on his/her overall application "score".

    Jasperdog is right - get the application completed as early as possible!

    (Our DS had his application in by the second week in November - except for the nomination- and had his acceptance, conditional upon receiving a nomination and an eyesight waiver, the weekend after Thanksgiving.)
     
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  12. KP2013Momm

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    Get everything in ASAP the scores can then be updated. Don't forget to look at the MOC deadlines. Keep on top of the High School, Academy apps are more work for guidance.
     

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