important nrotc questions

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  1. mdsu

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    Hey, I have just completed my NROTC application. Ive been working with my application through a recruiter. My whole package looks great, extracurricular, grades are good, sports, great eval from officer interview. Only thing is I didnt meet the SAT minimums. Well my recruiter said even though my package looks nice, she wont even send it in to the board if i dont get the minimum SAT. well, is there any way i can send it in myself. my recruiter has my package by the way. Do all NROTC applicants go through a recruiter or do most of the applicants gather everything and send it in? Because if that is the case, I want to send in my package myself because even though my SAT arnt meeting minimums, Im still well rounded, i just do bad on SAT's.

    question number 2,
    can i apply for both the navy rotc and marine option rotc or just one, because I dont see any marine option applications on the nrotc website except the main one where I already have an application submitted. I want to apply for the marine option as well.
     
  2. afarldad

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    I'm more familiar with the AF process, but a quick search on the Navy ROTC site yielded the following.

    There is an online application. Whether or not this bypasses that local recruiters, I can't say.

    The site also states:

    Test Scores

    You may list up to 6 SAT/ACT scores and dates taken (from within the last 2 years to be eligible - Dec 2007 to Dec 2009). You will need to bring proof (must be on highschool transcript, copies of the "your results" from the testing center are not sufficient proof) of all test scores to your recruiter or have them released electronically to the NROTC Program. Any scores that cannot be validated will not be considered. All test scores that you wish to have considered must be released to the Naval ROTC Program at Code 0656.

    Top 10% of Class If you are in the top 10% of your high school graduating class, the SAT/ACT test scores can be below the stated minimum to apply, however, you must still list them on this application and provide them to the NROTC Program


    Not knowing your SAT scores, I would be more concerned about them. I found the following scores on the Navy ROTC website as minimums for scholarhips:

    Navy (including Nurse-option):
    SAT: 530 Critical Reading; 520 math
    ACT: 22 English 21 Math

    Marine Corps option:
    SAT: 1000 composite
    ACT: 22 composite


    The reason for my concern is that these minimum scores wouldn't get you in at the main campus of the local major public university where I live. The average ACT score is 26. If your scores are below these, they may not be competitive at most major colleges either.

    Have you taken the ACT yet? Some people do better on the ACT than the SAT. That was the case with my daughter.

    My recommendation would be to take the ACT. I would also recommend taking a test preparation class. This might help you understand why your scores are low. Most of these classes are focused on how to take test. This type of class is usually good for people that are bad test takers, but understand the content of what is being tested. I think that there is only one test left for both the SAT and ACT that will get results in before the December board.

    Good Luck!
     
  3. mdsu

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    I think my scores are so low is because of time. For example, read 4 stories answer 40 questions and have 35 minutes to do that. I get good grades but under that time pressure, i guess the entire time im worried about finishing. I bought a book today to prep.

    when is the last board for rotc?
    I meet the minimum marine nrotc SAT requirements, so could I just switch?
     
  4. mdsu

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    also, ive taken the SAT once, and took the ACT this month for the first time, havnt got scores back.
     
  5. aglages

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    Hopefully the SAT Prep book has practice tests. Take them and and make sure you practice finishing within the the time limits. Don't guess at the ones you don't know. Go back and review all the questions you got wrong AND the ones you got correct. The more times you practice the test the better you will get with understanding what the question is actually asking and also pacing yourself so that you can finish all the questions within the time limit.

    Schedule your next SAT now. It may be coming up pretty soon and you need to get the results before Jan 1.

    Hopefully your ACT scores will be high enough that you won't need to worry too much about the SAT.

    Check out the SAT / ACT Forum on CC for more test taking suggestions.
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-act-tests-test-preparation/

    Good Luck!!
     

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