Decent SAT Score for an Academy?

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  1. tro55

    tro55 Member

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    I was just curious if my SAT scores will preclude me from attending the Navy Academy. 610 Critical reading and 550 math. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. buffalosoldier92

    buffalosoldier92 Prospective

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    There aren't any exact scores.

    If you look in the Catalog, you can see the scores that are needed to be competitive.
     
  3. jennyp

    jennyp Parent

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    My son took ACT and SAT. 3 x each. SAT went up 110 pts with home study. Take both. Some fare better on one versus the other. And retake again and again to get as many points as possible!
     
  4. Riv-Rod

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    i agree but only retake if you study otherwise its a waste of money
     
  5. jennyp

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    tro55: To more clearly address your question.........It depends. So much more goes into the WCS (Whole Candidate Score) than just SAT's. Your SAT's are not stellar. From my earlier post, you could deduce that I felt you need to consider retaking the exams.

    However, some candidates with your SAT scores do gain admittance. We must assume they shine in other areas: GPA, tough courses taken and successfully completed, leadership, likely athletics.

    Read on this forum....there are hundreds of posts addressing SAT scores from some very knowledgable folks.

    Also, check this link to the class of 2012 profile for some statistics on SAT scores.

    http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/documents/2008_PlebeProfile_ClassOf2012_0725.pdf


    I would not rest easy and not retake the SAT until I had 650 on each part, if it was me...........Topping 700 on the math would be a worthy goal.



    I would be afraid that if you "settle" for the scores you currently have, most SA's would wonder why you didn't try to study to achieve higher scores.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There are two issues here -- scores good enough (so to speak) for USNA and scores good enough for a nom.

    USNA states that a good minimum starting point is 600/600. Yes, you can be admitted with less and a good number of students are. But if you have less than that, you should definitely retake the SAT or try the ACT, if you can financially afford to do so. And, as another poster said, it pays to study before retaking.

    Competitive scores are typically low 600s verbal and 650+ in math. However, in some competitive geographic areas, that may not be enough to get a nomination from your MOC.

    I suggest you discuss your scores with your BGO, who should have a good idea of what typically is needed in your area. And, as noted above, there is a LOT more to your application than just your scores. They matter, but they aren't the only thing that matters.
     

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