Any Advice?

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  1. hopefulacademyapplicant

    hopefulacademyapplicant Member

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    Hi everyone! I am currently a senior in high school and I am going through the USNA application process. I have some information about myself first:

    I transfered schools in the middle of my sophomore year of high school. Prior to this I had received my varsity letter in Cross Country and our team was able to get to state sectionals and we ran in the Manhattan invitational. I finished my sophomore year and during my Junior year chose not to continue Cross Country because I became focused on volunteering at my local hospital. I was able to garner more than 120 hours of service and I plan on re-volunteering this year. This year, I have also joined key club, the school paper, and am the current vice president of the creative writing club. Apart from these activities, during the end of my junior year I worked at a restaurant for more than 12 hours weekly during the school year. I had to resign from work to help out with my family as I am the oldest of five children and I need to take care of kids ranging from 3 to 12 years old.

    I was able to offer assistance to a family friend who has an infant diagnosed with a terminal condition. I worked with her to sell fundraisers and advocate awareness for their cause. I have also taken care of her sick daughter and I continually offer my assistance.

    On an academic level, I have a 4.236 gpa. I have been in honors classes since freshman year, and currently I am taking:

    AP literature
    AP Spanish
    AP Government and Politics
    Calculus
    Organic and Biochemistry Honors

    I have not taken my cfa yet, however that is scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday. I am in fairly good shape and it should not be too difficult. I have worked on my own to prepare for it. Under timed conditions I got:

    A 5:22 Mile
    60-65 Pushups
    12 Pullups
    65-70 Situps

    My SAT scores improved from 1750 to 2020 with a verbal score of 710 and a math score of 610.

    Now that I have established myself, I have some brief questions. Is there any methods I can do to prepare for my three congressional interviews? How can I further maximize my application so late in the year? Is there any topics I should learn about before the interviews? How do my chances stand as a candidate? Are there any hearing requirements for the DODmerb? Is it a problem that I havent been contacted for my DODmerb exam yet?


    Thanks :smile:
     
  2. smile

    smile Member

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    Just a couple of answers: Yes, hearing is part of the DODMERB exam- and mine was under a bypass for a freeway.... Anyway, it is just the test where you put on headphones and everytime you hear a "beep" you press the button. About DODMERB exam, I may not remember right but I think I got a letter in the mail about what to do...
     
  3. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

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    Suggestion: IF you've not yet taken the ACT once, consider doing so. It'd be great if your SAT math and verbals were reversed. You seem to be an achiever, and often, the ACT is kinder /more rewarding to students who work hard but are not necessarily superior testers. ACT is defined as an "achievement" test, SAT is deemed an "aptitude" exam.

    Might be a cheap, quick step you could consider to enhance your app. Unless you are a priority need of USNA, your math toe is barely beyond the starting line.
     
  4. Tad Foster

    Tad Foster New Member

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    You know what really helps in preparing for any exam? Good guidelines and practice, practice, and practice! To improve your AP US Government scores I suggest you go to Shmoop.com. It has a complete review of all the topics and offers techniques and strategies to help you tackle essay questions. You can try out their free practice quiz to test whether you are ready. Best of luck!
     

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