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  1. WestPoint2017

    WestPoint2017 Member

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    A bunch of scenarios:

    -Can a LOA (Letter of Assurance) be sent out before a congressional nomination is received?
    -Because I am a freshman college, I must wait until the semester is complete to submit my semester transcripts, thus leaving a "red 'x'" on my portal. Can a LOA be received before I submit my end of semester transcript? Or is my application disregarded until the semester grades are finalized and submitted?
    -What percent of cadets receive a LOA?
    -Can a LOA before the DoDMERB is complete? (My eye exam is complete and physical appointment is the 23rd of November)

    Anything helps, thanks!
     
  2. tug_boat

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    Yes you can receive and LOA. In the past LOAs also had condition, such as grades waiting to be submitted, DODMERB to be finished, MOC nomination pending and application needs to be completed. However, this year is different and it is difficult to predict, as in the past. No rolling admissions and very few LOA will be issued have been stated.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  3. WestPoint2017

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    You always come through for me tug_boat. Thanks! Do you know what kind of college GPA they expect? 2.0, 3.0, 4.0? I understand try your best but numbers are better!!
     
  4. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    This post might help:

    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=27858&highlight=Letter+Assurance

    As for college GPA, I recommend aiming for a 4.0. You can receive a bonus on your candidate score based on a high GPA and taking a bachelor of science or engineering core curriculum full load.

    Very few LOAs will be given out this year, they are using Letters of Encouragement for most high achieving candidates this year. Letters of Encourage are to inform a candidate of their competitiveness but it does not conditionally guarantee a spot as in years past.

    I recommend retaking the SAT and ACT (Assuming you have taken them before) and aim for over a 30 composite on the ACT (with a 30 Math) and over a 1400 on the SAT (if you have not scored over these, keep testing, scores and class rank from high school still count.)

    Good luck.
     
  5. WestPoint2017

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    Thanks, I am on the fence between a B and an A in one class which will dictate a GPA of 4.0 or 3.6.....I am trying my hardest for a 4.0 but is there a big difference? Also, I have not received a LOEs to my knowledge is it listed online or does it come via mail? I was told by my regional commander that I have a strong file, just that my SAT reading could use a small boost. Does this mean anything?
     
  6. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    study hard. 3.6 is a great GPA. Still aim for a 4.0 but getting a 3.6 is nothing to sneeze at, good work. I do not know the difference, but having an A average is really good.

    You would have received an official LOE in the mail.

    :) I could be sarcastic but I will refrain. Its too easy to do on the forums. I recommend you improve your reading score :thumb:

    I have seen taking practice tests, with a watch, to lay out time hacks in the test to follow. Rehearsal is key (you will learn that in the Army). Practice is key, but college reading should help.
     
  7. WestPoint2017

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    Haha I mean does it mean anything that he says I have a strong file, in regards to a LOE? But don't worry I am taking the SAT for the final time in December!
     
  8. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    I recommend the ACT as well. An RC has told me that most candidates will do better on the ACT compared to the SAT.
     
  9. WestPoint2017

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    I wish I was the same...I took the ACT and did not do well at all.
     
  10. efirestone14

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    WestPoint2017,

    Very few LOAs will be given out this year as was stated previously. LOEs will be given out this year on a limited basis and most of the top candidates will get one. Focus your attention on getting an appointment, not an LOE. I am applying to West Point Class of 2017 and I have not received an LOE but I have continued to work on my file. Focus on what you can control... Strive for good grades and try to get your SAT/ACT scores above the class averages. Also work hard to do well on the CFA and nail your nomination interviews. Remember, an appointment is the ultimate goal, not an LOA or LOE. Good luck!
     
  11. WestPoint2017

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    Thanks, your knowledge is much appreciated. What are the SAT averages or is there a link you can send to me?
     
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  13. WestPoint2017

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    Thanks Hooah1775
     

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