Might be the dumbest question ever...

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  1. Prep

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    this is probably obvious to everyone else. sorry. I just looked up something on my West Point Portal. I just noticed my new scores from my ACT test that I just took in September were posted ! I didnt even know the results and have not gotten the results in the mail yet but it was already posted on my West Point Portal. I suppose that every answer must have been B (my lucky guess letter) because I raised my ACT score significantly! Should I email my Admissions Regional Commander with my new scores or assume that he saw them since they are on my portal?
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Congratulations on the improved scores! If they are on your portal, then you can assume your RC has access to them and they will be seen by the board/counted in your Whole Candidate Score. If you've been working with the RC directly, it wouldn't hurt to call them to his attention. However, if you've been working with a Liaison Officer, I might let them know instead.
     
  3. EDelahanty

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    Dumbest question ever? Hardly. I doubt you'd even qualify for the regionals of America's Got Dummies.

    By the way, for the benefit of other aspirants, what did you do to improve your ACT score?
     
  4. Prep

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    Over a period of many tests:
    English: went up 6 points
    Princeton Review Cracking the ACT English section. Page by Page.

    Math:
    went up 3 points
    No prep-just took the test over and over and looked for patterns -got a 36 :)

    Science:
    went up 6 points
    Never really figured this one out-sat down once with my chem teacher but each test my score was up and then down each test. I think it was more dumb luck (and guessing B again and again)

    Reading
    went up 12 points (Im not kidding-this is not a typo)
    I basically spent the summer filling out my applications and reading (and working). I really struggled with this section and did the most prep. I honestly took 20 practice tests-I dont think they helped much. what worked: My AP Lit teacher told me that If I read all of the books/magazines on his list he guaranteed I would raise my score at least one point for every book. It more than worked:
    (1) The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (great book)
    (2) To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (maybe the worst book ever-I kept falling to sleep-it is awful-terrible)
    (3) Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (pretty ok)
    (4) God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    (5) Consider the Lobster & Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
    (6) Chaos: Making A New Science by James Gleick
    (7) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (science book written for non scientists really good)
    (8) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (great book!)
    (9) Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (worse than it sounds-boring-terrible)
    (10) Magazines like The New Yorker, Economist, and The New York Times
     
  5. EDelahanty

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    Looks like your hard work put you in a position to succeed. Clever guy, your AP lit teacher. Good luck on your application (and give Virginia Woolf another shot down the road).
     

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