Do you need ACTorSAT for STEM??

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  1. Suzie

    Suzie Member

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    Is it a requirement to have the ACT or SAT for the STEM? I read where it says "......and/or strong ACT, SAT, PSAT results"
    See following:

    Eligibility Requirements

    The Naval Academy Summer STEM Program is offered to rising 8th-11th Graders. Students must demonstrate superior academic performance to include GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT or ACT results. Selection is based in large part on ensuring geographic representation along with overall accomplishments in and out of the classroom. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 1st

    Thanks!!
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  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I'm curious to see the application as well to see what it says about this. I can't imagine they'd require it for a rising 8th grader, but would think they'd probably at least hope to see PSAT's for a rising junior. I'm thinking it will be one of those things that won't be required, but will definitely help your application if you have taken it (and done well - comparably - for your grade level). My son took the ACT in 8th grade and did well, so I'm hoping when he puts that down this year (he's currently a freshman) that just having that score will help set him apart a little!
     
  3. NavIss58

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    I don't believe we had that information when my DS applied. If I recall we where looking for that piece of information when he received his acceptance to NASS (I believe similar 'requirements').

    I can't imagine them holding off a strong, interested student for such a thing. If I recall this is about getting kids interested in USNA, not disinterested.
     
  4. Suzie

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    My son is in 8th grade and has not taken the ACT. I know that the timing will probably not work to get him registered for the ACT and then getting the results! I can definitely see where that would be a good thing (taking ACT)...I'll have to remember with son #3!! My 8th grader has had all As in middle school except this semester...1 B, so hopefully that will help him. This is such a wonderful opportunity!!
     
  5. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I don't think they'd hold off a strong, interested student, but as STEM becomes more popular (it's a fairly new program) and they have to differentiate between the candidates somehow, it may become more necessary. Unlike high school seniors applying for the academy itself, probably most 8th graders who apply will have mostly all A's, be involved in some sports and clubs. You won't be able to see the varsity or all-state (unless they're a young standout in their sport) discriminator. Probably don't have NHS yet or captain or president of a club. So other than the geographical regions they mention, it may be harder to tell who is truly a strong student (at least in comparison to others).
     

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