How will my academic composite be?

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  1. USAFA2018

    USAFA2018 Member

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    Hello, I was just wondering how some of you guys think my academic composite score will stack up.

    Unweighted GPA: 3.87; mostly honors and AP class, never received anything less than an A in any advanced classes

    Class Rank: 57/536; fairly competitive school

    ACT scores:
    35 English
    31 math
    27 reading
    27 science
    31 writing

    99th percentile state math test
    93rd percentile state reading and science tests

    I know there is no definite answer, but on past experiences, how well should I expect to do in the Academic area?
     
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  2. USAF463

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    There is a test date of October 26 and one on December 14. If you can, take them again. The Academy will always keep the highest score from each category. Your English is great. You may improve on the others. Our DS kept retaking the test and ended up with a composite of 33. He improved in each area most of the time. He got tired of taking them, but it paid off. He is a C3C. You don't know your competition, so your goal is to do your best and try to max out.
     
  3. USAFA2018

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    Thanks for the advice. I have taken the ACT a total of 7 times (yeah, 7..) and have roughly received the same scores every time. I even went to practice courses and prep classes and ended up getting lower scores on one. I am reviewing and practicing right now and planning on taking the next ones, but honestly I don't think I can do any better.
     
  4. nn139

    nn139 USAFA Appointee 2017

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    From my experience, your academic composite will be heavily dependent on your school profile. I had C's in high school and yet this place still thinks I will do exceedingly well academically. Standardized testing is also an important measure of comparing cadets to a national standard.
     
  5. John41057

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    ACT a total of 7 times

    I thank you are over thanking this test. The academy super scores and you need to get a better science grade and in my humble opinion, spend all your study time on science. If you raise that up a few points, you will look more competitive.
    Regards
    John
     
  6. USAFA2018

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    This whole summer I spent practicing science. Just checked my score using the act early glitch today, and found that my science was 27, again. It seems as if my studying doesn't pay off. I will continue to do so, but I don't expect to raise any of my scores anymore. Would the 27s really sink me down that much?
     
  7. John41057

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    Science

    Your scores are competitive as the class of 2017 Mid 50% Range for science was 27-32. The academy looks at the whole person and you will be up against students with strong grades, community service, sports and leadership. Work to ensure you have not missed an opportunity in the other areas as well.
    Regards
    John
     
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    Raising science score--possible help

    My DS found the science portion of the exam to be difficult to get through given the time allowed. After taking the exam two times, his ACT science score was good, but he wanted it to be better.

    For the third exam he followed the advice of a friend and did not actually read the text for the first couple sections of the science test. Instead he used only the charts, graphs, etc. to answer the questions on the first two sections. Not only did he have enough time to comfortably finish the science portion of the exam, he raised his score on that section by 6 points. Mission accomplished!

    Good luck to you as you work toward your goal of an appointment for the class of 2018!
     
  9. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB

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    As a former West Coast high school student, the SAT was my primary test and I took the ACT just to see if I would do better. Nope. I remember that science part was tough without dedicated practice. My SAT scores were CR: 750 Math: 760 Writing: 750 but my ACT scores.... I don't remember exactly but it was a composite of 30, with definitely lower than a 28 on the science...

    What I am saying here is if you are making no progress improving your ACT scores, perhaps you should give the SAT a shot. It's not 100% accurate but a rough conversion of my ACT score to an SAT score is about 1330-1350, when I was able to get a 1510 (CR+M) on the SAT itself. Food for thought.
     

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