AROTC Chances?

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  1. Wlee2

    Wlee2 New Member

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    Hey I'm a senior and I applied for the AROTC back in September and had my interview in late October. I have not heard anything from it since than. I was wondering if I got denied or if there are still chances of me getting the scholarship? My application status has not changed and still says I have been selected for the interview and I was wondering if that is a good thing or a bad thing?

    My GPA: 3.0 SAT: 1600 Athletics: 4 years of Football(3 varsity letters, 1 year captain) 3 years of wrestling ( 2 varsity letters), I have many extracurricular and community service activities like FCA, Chess Club, Choir, serving at church, and helping out in many local fundraisers.

    My top 5 School choices:
    Ball State
    Purdue University
    Indiana University
    Indiana State
    IUPUI
     
  2. patentesq

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    Until someone says it's over, you're still in the game!

    I'm assuming that when you say 1600 for SAT, you mean out of a possible 2400 points (Navy only looks at CR and Math, so the max for Navy is 1600). If that is the case, this is likely your weak spot. But keep your chin up and your head held high! And if you don't receive a scholarship, walk into AROTC unit one week before classes start and tell the PMS you want to join his/her program -- and in the process, show the PMS how awesome you are!! Remember, AROTC is about obtaining a commission, NOT about obtaining a scholarship.

    I do want to say something about SATs and ACTs to the juniors who are now starting to peruse this website: YOU NEED TO TRAIN FOR THE SAT/ACT JUST AS HARD AS YOU TRAIN FOR THE APFT/CFA!! So many people treat the SAT/ACT as an "IQ Test" and simply show up at the exam without having prepared for it. But when they prepare for the APFT/CFA, they have likely spent months preparing for it.

    The SAT/ACT is much more important to your overall score than the APFT/CFA, so if time is an issue, you should focus on that (actually, it is better to do BOTH). You should STUDY your math, LEARN the rules of grammer, etc. BEFORE you take the test. Do NOT simply try to remember what you learned during your sophomore year, because you have likely forgotten 90% of everything.

    If you wouldn't just show up to take a PT test to "see how you do", definitely don't do that for the SAT/ACT.
     
  3. pennak

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    "If you wouldn't just show up to take a PT test to "see how you do", definitely don't do that for the SAT/ACT."

    This is EXCELLENT ADVICE. Spend the time, spend your parents' money on a comprehensive preparation course.
     
  4. Wlee2

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    yep i got a 1600 out of 2400 on the SAT. I got a 600 on Math and 480 on Verbal.
     
  5. Wlee2

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    I did fairly alright on the PT. 1 min pushups: 62, 1 min sit ups 50, 1 Mile Run at 7:00
     
  6. FloridaDad

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    The PT test isn't a major part of the application. They just want to make sure you are somewhat physicaly capable. My DS didn't have a great run but his Colonel who is a former board president said it doesn't matter because the board don't really use it.
     
  7. Ohio2015Parent

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    Or follow the less predictable path...DS, no prep, no classes, no books....Saturday before his Eagle Scout project, completely stressed out and didn't care if he took the ACT or not, hit a 32 and called it a day. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANYONE!! DS has always performed best under duress, but this was a true fluke. Do the prep course and be safe.

    Wlee2, hope you get some good news soon about the scholarship results. My DS is waiting also. I hope you have a backup plan, most of the March board hopefuls do, just in case.....:wink:
     
  8. mariner116

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    This is a great discussion. SAT prep classes do work. They don't make you smarter but they do help you become very comfortable with taking the tests and learning how to approach the different types of questions included.

    In addition, note that the ACT and SAT are different types of tests. The SAT is an apptitude test while the ACT is more of a test of knowledge than aptitude. Some students will do better on the ACT and others on the SAT. The important point is to take both of them. Many colleges (as well as ROTC) will use your best score between the two exam types.
     
  9. FloridaDad

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    SAT prep really does work. I can use an example going back to my school days in the UK. When I was eleven everyone did an exam called the 11+. It was a broad based IQ/math/reading test and the results were used for streaming you into secondary school. The brightest went to academic grammar schools, the next level down was a technical grammar school, and everyone else went to a high school.

    My elementary school was fairly new and the principal was a loon. The first time we sat the 11+ no one in the class (5 boys, 13 girls) made it to grammar school. The country fired the principal and brought a hot shot guy in for the last two months of the semester. He took the seniors in the lecture theater every afternoon for a few weeks and trained us on taking the 11+. When the class re-sat the exam 4 boys and all most of the girls did really well and got to grammar school. I actually got placed at the best grammar school in the district.

    I am guessing the average kid that gets 500 per discipline in the SAT the first time around with no real preparation could easily score 650-700 with the right tuition.
     
  10. Ohio2015Parent

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    Wow, your whole educational future decided on a test taken when you were 11 years old? Talk about high stakes testing. This is what the US will never accept, but is why we will always score low in International testing. Most industrialized countries use this type of "sorting" also. Completely OT, but just had to chime in:smile:
     
  11. FloridaDad

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    My class was the last to take the 11+, the UK now has a comprehensive high school system. The old system worked well TBH. My high school campus had three schools: Grammar (academic), Moor Grammar (less academic more technical) and high school. Kids could be move from school to school based on grades and tests in the summer.
     

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