CFA

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  1. grizzly112

    grizzly112 Member

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    Hello all, I was wondering if the CFA is a pass/fail exam. If it is, would any of you be so kind as to posting your "passing" scores?

    Thank you all very much!

    Also, any tips for improving my mile time? :)
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    It's pass/fail, BUT . . .

    In this increasingly competitive environment, it behooves you to maximize your scores. The minimum to pass (which no one outside of Admissions knows what it is) MAY be good enough but it may not be. If you haven't maxed out your scores, you have room for improvement.

    Also, the fact that candidate A was accepted with certain CFA scores does not mean candidate B will be accepted with the same scores. Candidate A may be stronger overall, may be more heavily involved in sports, etc.
     
  3. 2013hopeful

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    Grizzly,

    It seems from your question you will be applying for the Class of 2014 or later. Its great to get some of your questions answered early in the process; however, I would urge you to take a couple of hours to search SFA for answers to many of your questions before asking even the most basic ones (such as is the CFA a pass/fail situation). I say this not to be rude, but to urge you to start figuring out stuff on your own, especially when the answers to most of your questions will be found on this site.

    Am I qualified? Look at previous class statistics.
    Do my EC's look good? Look at previous posts.
    What sort of ACT/SAT should I shoot for? Look it up.

    The SFA should become one of your greatest assets as you move forward in your quest of attending an academy.

    I can assure you, when my son first informed us he wanted to attend an academy, we spent hours searching for answers, suggestions, and ideas within the SFA to learn what he needed to do. From that process, we were able to learn many of the critical aspects of the application process that ultimately concluded with his appointment to the USNA, USMA, receiving a LOA to attend the USMMA, and being awarded a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship.

    DS is a great kid with good statistics; however, he would tell you that much of what he learned came from this web site and it was this knowledge that helped him receive the BFE's every candidate hopes to receive.

    So read. Take the time to find the answers to as many of your questions that you can by simply researching this site.

    Again, I'm not slamming you. Ask your questions, but before you do, I would urge you to see if you can find the answers before you ask. You'll end up learning much, much more about the process than the answer to whatever your original question might have been.

    Good luck in your quest. Its quite a ride. For my son, this phase (reportedly the easy phase) will end on June 27th when he reports for Plebe Summer.

    By the way, from my experience, any post by a user with the tag "BGO" or "Moderator" in it will be spot on. Read and understand what USNA1985 said in his reply to your post.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    As for improving your mile time . . . if you search this forum, you'll find a number of suggestions.

    My personal suggestion is you contact your school's track coach and ask for a program to improve your time.
     
  5. Vista123

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    totaly agree with the above statement.

    son's cfa scores. His Nass scores were better than his SLE scores.

    BB Throw: 66'
    Pull Up: 18 (Max)
    Shuttle: 8.8
    Push Up: 75 (Max)
    Sit Up: 95(Max)
    1MR: 5:45

    CFA
    One thing that you can do your junior year is begin your CFA practice. I would suggest that you approach your high school PE teacher with a print out of the CFA instructions. http://www.usna.edu/admissions/cfainstructions.htm. Explain to them that your goal is to become an officer in the military (be prepared to explain why). Ask them if they will help you. Starting now-try to meet with them once per week after school, or before school or they may even allow it during your actual PE class. You can then run through a mock CFA --this will only be about 10-12 minutes weekly. The days in between the mock CFA you can practice whatever you are not able to max.

    If your run time is too slow try to meet with the school’s track or xcountry coach for tips on your form. My son's baseline run was so slow his 8th grade sister beat him. He met with a form coach for the xcountry team every other wk for 15 minutes. The form coach would give a couple of tips each time like don't run in basketball shoes (seriously-not sure why DS didnt know that one up front?) , run softer (I have no idea what that means but DS did), chest up etc etc.

    IF you get into NASS/SLS you can check that off immediately and not need to worry about it sr yr.

    Good Luck!
     

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