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  1. coffeecup3

    coffeecup3 Member

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    My MALO keeps recommending that I keep taking my SATS, however I don't think at this point I should take them for the last time in January. I have 740M 560CR and 680W. While my critical reading needs to be improved, I just can't seem to raise it over the 3x that I took it (first time i took it was highest CR!). I have a principal nomination that just got updated on my portal page and I should be hearing from WP shortly. I was deemed academically qualified for USNA, so what are the odds that WP will also deem me academically qualified? I am grateful that my MALO is helping me through this process, its just that I am frustrated that he keeps telling me to take the SATs every given chance. Advice?
     
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    My understanding of a principal nomination is that they are required to take you. Regardless.... You should be receiving your appointment packet!
     
  3. BLSnared

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    Not quite true. They only are required to accept you if you are qualified in all three areas. With that SAT score I would say he is definitely qualified. But just for future reference, the principal nominee isn't necessarily guaranteed an appointment. If one received his principal nominee because he/she was the only person in the entire district that applied, but received an 800 on his SAT, most likely he/she will not receive an appointment. Highly unlikely, in fact damn near impossible that a person like that would ever get a nomination, I only mean to illustrate a point. Same applied to a principal nominee that doesn't pass the CFA or the medical qualifications.
     
  4. crs_mom

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    My bad then......
     
  5. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    Does your MALO know about your principal nomination?

    A lot of MALO don't get this involved so I would consider myself lucky and use their judgement since its their job I am sure he believes it is in your best interest. It also couldn't hurt.
     
  6. BLSnared

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    Haha, definitely not your bad.
     
  7. coffeecup3

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    She... haha :smile:

    America's Finest: Yes he knows about my principal nomination because I called him when I was notified. It is possible he forgot though.

    I know that taking the SATs again can't hurt and I really appreciate all the advice and help I have gotten from my MALO. It's just that I feel that my scores are suitable regarding my standings with my nomination. I realize that taking the SATs several times is not hurtful, only beneficial if improved, but I don't think that at this point I should sign up again. Every time I have talked to my MALO, he says sign up for the SATS this month haha. Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    And why don't you listen? Your MALO is passing on information from the admissions office at WP.

    Honestly a 560 CR score is on the cusp. They will look at your English courses and grades but there is a chance you could NOT be qualified.
    Why settle? Take the SAT again and prove that USMA is where you want to be.

    At West Point there is a saying - "Cooperate and Graduate". If you wont "cooperate" with admissions how will you cooperate and graduate?
     
  9. coffeecup3

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    Thanks Just_A_Mom! While your post first read comes off as harsh, it is what I need to hear. I know I can't settle for a CR score that is that low. Do you think it would be worthwhile to contact admissions and ask for their input?
     
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    yep, yep. yep. yep.
     
  11. America's Finest

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    Like I said, feel lucky your MALO cares.

    I hope you don't show this "meet the bare minimum" attitude for long and try to excel at everything you do.
     
  12. Just_A_Mom

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    1. Listen to America's Finest.

    2. I am going to backtrack on your question about calling your Regional Commander. In this case, you are working with your MALO who is advising you. If you call your RC then it will look like you don't trust your MALO and going behind his back. Seriously, your MALO is YOUR admissions representative. He is working with admissions to get you qualified. You really need to trust him.
     
  13. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Call admissions if you feel you need to.
     
  14. jscam87

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    Annoyed? Really? If your MALO 'annoys' you, the whole USMA thing may be a bit different than you expect. If you simply let the Liaison Officer know you won't be taking the SAT, I'm sure he will stop bothering you.
     
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    Who is the MALO for New Mexico??
     
  16. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Try concentrating studying the CR section of the SAT only. I have a feeling that you are trying to avoid taking the test because its a pain sitting through the whole test even though you're trying to raise only one score (I've been through that! :frown:). But it seems like the advice your MALO and the others who have posted before me are invaluable. Make yourself a promise - blow your brains out studying one last time, take it one last time, and if your score gets to where you want it, great. If it doesn't, you can walk away knowing that you put forth your best effort :smile:
     
  17. coffeecup3

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    I am sorry if I came off with this post with a bad attitude. I didn't mean to portray that. I am not trying to meet the bare minimums, and like I said before, I do appreciate all the help that I have gotten from my MALO. He has assisited me in a lot in this process. I think that I am just stressed with applying to colleges and waiting to hear, so once again, sorry if the original post sounded rude, its not what I intended.

    What I meant to say is that everytime I have communicated with my MALO, he tells me to take my SATs, everytime. And he doesn't even know my scores offhand as he makes this recommendation (not that I expect him to, just that my file is not in front of him when he tells me this). I think he recommends this to everyone of his candidates all the time. Its just not feasible on my part to pay to take them in addition to the late fee, on top of my winter sports. I am mostly satisfied with my scores, minus the critical reading part. I have tried really hard to get that up, even with an SAT class and practicing in collegeboards SAT book. Don't get me wrong, I am not giving up. I know that taking the SATs several times does not hurt, so his suggestion is valuable to retake it for if you improve by a few points.

    So I guess back to my main point, is it worth that I pay the late fee to take them again? If so I will end up missing an indoor cup soccer tournament. Are my scores decent enough at this point? And if I am qualified for Navy, scholastically, then do I have a good chance to be qualified for Army academically?

    Bobby J- your MALO is your local liasion officer who assists you in the application process. Since it is local, there are several for New Mexico, and your person is listed on your candidate portal.
     
  18. America's Finest

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    Well that depends: what value do you place on 4 years at USMA? That's a question only you know the answer to.

    I have no idea what Navy's standards are or where the academic line USMA has is. I would say you have a "good" chance, the question is: is "good" good enough for you?
     
  19. Just_A_Mom

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    coffeecup3 - read this again.

    Honestly, the only one who can tell you if they are good enough is your Regional Commander in admissions. So go ahead and call.
    How do you know your MALO doesn't know your scores. You have a fantastic math score - your CR is weak. That is not hard to remember.
    Again - if you want an appointment then make the sacrifice and do what you are told.
     

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