Chances of getting into SLS and later WP?

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  1. 11Abbie11

    11Abbie11 New Member

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    Hey guys,
    I'm very interested in attending West Point but I'm not so certain as to what my chances are of getting in. I'm currently a sophomore in a Texas highschool and here are my stats as of yet:

    Sports:
    Soccer- By senior year will have 3 years letter, with varsity experiance as freshman. Possible captaincy junior and senior year. Also play for a competative team who won state for the Super 2 Division. We will be moving up to Division 1 next season.
    Cross Country- Starting practice this summer. Will be able to letter junior and senior year.

    School:
    Unweighted GPA- 5.46
    Rank- 7 out of 510ish
    All honors/AP classes
    PSAT- 175 (Is this good? I have no means of comparison)
    Haven't taken SAT or ACT yet.
    Applying for admission into Texas Governor's School (Summer Program)

    EC:
    JSA (Junior Statesmen of America)
    Student Council
    Interact Club (Community service and such)
    Art
    Hopefully NHS next year.
    Debate


    *Also, I am not in JROTC. It's kind of a joke at my school and I would rather enroll in a class that would be productive. What are my chances? Is Texas a competive state for admission? Any advice on what to improve on? God bless:)
     
  2. C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight

    C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight Member

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    Okay I'm sorta confused....how is your unweighted GPA 5.46? And just study up for the actual SAT.
     
  3. Szpieg

    Szpieg Member

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    I dont even get how people have over a 4.0
     
  4. kwill958

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    ya, what GPA scale does your school use? And for the PSAT, I've heard that you kinda just add a zero to the end, and it's around equivalent to an SAT score, so you would have a 1750.
     
  5. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015

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    All highschools calculate GPA differently and use different scales. It's best for us to gain a better understanding if you tell us your GPA out of 100.
    When I was a sophomore, I had a 163 PSAT and later 174 PSAT this year. My Nov SAT was 1710 and March was 1930. A 1800 is a general minimum, but you have plenty of time to improve.
     
  6. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    Honors and AP classes give gpa a boost. Like, if I have a 3.8 and I have 3 AP classes it might bump it to over 4.0. That's why people say weighted or unweighted alot; weighted means gpa with all the bonuses and unweighted is gpa without the bonus multiplier.

    Either that or some schools use different scales. Most I've seen are a 4.0 scales but I've seen 10.0 and 100.0 scales.
     
  7. Szpieg

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    yeah just tell us your percentage...
     
  8. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    4.0 and 5.0 scales are probably the most common for public high schools

    Doesn't an unweighted GPA mean a GPA calculated by including all classes taken in high school, core or non-core classes? And a weighted GPA meaning that only core class grades are used to calculate it (excluding electives)?. It results in students having a lower weighted GPA, since most people tend to see grades drop in core classes (math, science, english, social studies) than they do in electives.

    Remember that not all schools scale GPA for AP/honors classes differently than regular classes (giving you GPA "bonuses").


    OT: You look great. Remember to keep the grades up and score well on the standardized tests! Those help a lot :smile:
     
  9. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    Is it? My school uses weighted for bonuses included and unweighted as core classes so I just went with it.
     
  10. tallbutshort

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    SLS is based largely on test scores so you'll want to bring them up. Your scores will jump a lot by the time you take the PSATs again and then the real SATs. I actually did significantly better on the SATs than the PSATs, and even better on the ACT than the SAT. So I'd advise taking both the ACT and SAT so you have more chances for better scores to send. Just for comparison though, I had a 208 on the PSAT and was accepted the day after I applied. Actual admission to WP, however, seems to place a smaller emphasis on test scores. Your GPA (assuming it's on a 5.0 scale) and class rank are excellent, try to keep them high. Your sports and ECs are good too, just make sure you have some leadership positions. You might want to do track next year since you're going to do cross country, but you already have good sports qualifications. The only thing you really need to work on is your test scores. Good luck!
     
  11. 11Abbie11

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    My bad guys, i meant to put weighted. unweighted im at about 96%
     
  12. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Standardized test scores weigh heavily in SLS selection. PSAT scores need to be above 56.
    Class rank is also important and well as EC's.
    NOTE: I did not mention GPA. :wink:
     
  13. Szpieg

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    some schools dont rank...if that is your case, it nothing to worry about
     
  14. buff81

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    True- some schools don't rank. However, if push comes to shove, some of those will give West Point a rank. I recently received a school rank on a candidate that goes to a school that said that they NEVER rank. If gentle prodding by West Point still does not produce a rank from the school, West Point will look at your ACT/SAT scores and compare them to the national scores. That gives them some sort of idea of how you stack up next to your peers.
    It is understandable why some schools don't rank - especially the more competitive schools. You may well have a decent GPA but if the majority of students in your class are geniuses then your class rank may not be impressive. The competitiveness of your school will be determined by the % of students that go to college.
     

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