CFA Basketball USAFA Scores

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  1. AMDG96

    AMDG96 New Member

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    I have finished applying to USAFA, and am finishing my application for USMA. I know this sounds weird, but I'm just starting to rethink my CFA. My scores were pretty good, except the basketball throw where I got a 32 (I am a female). Did I even pass? Not sure why this didn't hit me before, but should I retake the CFA? Any advice is appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I think based on my experiences with my CFA's, you should submit it anyways if everything else was pretty solid. USNA seems to not care too much on bball throw, while USMA does care. USMA will tell you if you have failed and will authorize you to retake it. Im sure USAF doesn't care about bball throw, either like USNA. If you're still unsure, ask your admissions counselor.
     
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    Someone from admissions will tell you to retake it if they believe you did that poorly. Last year I got an email from my regional commander to do it again because my bb throw was not very good. A month later after retraining for it, I retook it, did better, and didn't hear from him about it again. But, if you think that you can do substantially better on another CFA, then by all means take it. Just keep in mind that if you take it again, the scores for ALL of the events in your second test will be posted to your file and will be the ones USMA uses for their evaluation of your file. In other words, USMA will not "superscore" your CFA test results in each individual area, so if you take it again, try to improve in every area, not just the bb throw.
     
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    of all the tests on the CFA, the bb throw perplexes me. what is the purpose of that? does it show you can lob a grenade further? better? more efficiently? or is it testing something else. just a curious parent. i know this is the test that most applicants stress over. thanks.
     
  6. AMDG96

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    Thanks everyone! All of your comments and advice were very helpful! It's especially good to know that the admissions counselor will tell me if I need to retake it. I now think I'm going to submit my scores and retake if they tell me to.

    lol skimuggs! I used to think that the bb throw was testing coordination and upper body strength. After reading the helpful link on it though (thanks buff81), I'm beginning to think it might be a test on physics. ;)
     
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    The BB Throw supposedly is used as a test of overall upper body strength since multiple muscle groups (not specifically stressed in pullups/pushups) come into play in performing it. At USMA, courses like Military Movement require not only arm strength but back, abdomen, and shoulder strength in addition to coordination and balance. My understanding is that many other Plebes fail that course on the first attempt including many recruited athletes. The APFT is based on completing the Indoor Obstacle Course, which tests these skills, within a specified time and cadets must now obtain a passing time every year.
     

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