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  1. maximumswimmer

    maximumswimmer Member

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    I received a nomination for both USNA & USMMA from my MOC which I have been told is The most competitive district in Illinois. I have passed my DODMERB and PFT for both (including Coast Guard). Excellent BGO recommendation. ACT not stellar. The rest of my resume is. I am being recruited for sport with USMMA and Coast Guard. Not quite DIV I caliber (yet) according to USNA coach. I am on "hold" for USMMA and "complete pending review" for USNA. If everything else is great, will my ACT really be the deciding factor?
     
  2. Jcc123

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    What is "not stellar"?
     
  3. maximumswimmer

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    25-27's
     
  4. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    My advice to you....you have done all you can unless you are taking another SAT/ACT or updating your record in the next few weeks. If you aren't taking another exam, then it is out of your control...there is no point in worrying/stressing about this. Apply to other schools, if necessary, and/or enjoy your senior year. Who knows what the Admissions Board will think, which is exactly why you should not worry about it --- you have NO control over it.
     
  5. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    As time and finances allow, take both ACT and SAT, and study study study! Is there a December sitting?

    If that is your only deficiency, work on that in the time you have.
     
  6. jculligan

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    Just wondering, but what district if you are ok with sharing? I am in Illinois 6 and I haven't heard anything back from Roskam or the senators yet.
     
  7. maximumswimmer

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    Dist. 10
     
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    I am taking the Dec 12 ACT. That will be the last one I believe they will accept.
     
  9. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    Do more than just take the test or you will wind up with the same scores. Get or enroll in an ACT prep course and work that horse hard. I had a candidate who went from a 23 verbal to a 31 just by learning how to take the test and seeing her previous mistakes. I'll admit she was a very intelligent young lady, and probably had the smarts all along but not knowing or practicing the test really gave her a very unfair score. That well maybe you too.

    You also want to prevent your application from going before the Board BEFORE your new ACT scores get posted. This takes action on your part. You need to contact your Regional Director and ask that your application be held until those Dec scores get in before it goes to the Board. The "complete pending review" says you are on the conveyor belt to the Board room right now and you need to get off it. Good luck.
     
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  10. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Spud offers some good advice. If your package has been completed (i.e. status is "complete pending review") for quite a while, it is also possible you have already been reviewed (your status WILL NOT change when the Admissions Board makes a decision) -- so if you do decide and delay, your RD would probably give you some insight (i.e. can't delay since it has already been reviewed or about to). In either case, I agree with Spud that you should look at ways to improve your scores, regardless...because if you are found fully qualified, the scores still can haunt you later on during the slating/appointment process.
     
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