Not strong in math?

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  1. Sutter93

    Sutter93 Member

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    I understand that the AFA is strong in engineering, and that's a major I'm hoping to go for. I'm still trying to decide what kind of engineering though.

    Anyway, I just received my first semester grades for Junior year. Even though I tried fairly hard (I admit I could have tried harder, turned in more homework, came in for help when I know I needed it), I still ended up with a B+ in math.

    Freshman year and sophomore years, I had only been able to pull off B's in my math classes. I don't think I am bad at math. But how will the academy view my grades? And more importantly, what can I do to make it better? I received a 720 in math on the SAT reasoning. Would it help if I took the SAT II's in Math Level II and scored high? How important is it to have a strong math background, how strong should you be in math, and how else can you show that other than in your grades?
     
  2. PDub

    PDub Prospective

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    720 in math and reading? Those are outstanding SAT scores. I'm not sure if the Academy even cares about SAT II tests, but when they look at your transcript, math, science, and English courses are very important to them. Those are the bread and butter classes of high school, and are important subjects that pretty much define you as a student. Any honors or AP courses are very helpful, in any subjects. In terms of academics, grades and standarized testing scores are pretty much the only ways that show how good of a student you are, but the type of class is taken into consideration. If your B+ was in AP Calc, then it would not be detrimental to your application. If it was in Algebra, then that's not going to be in your favor.

    If you do get accepted, you will take a math placement exam during first beast regardless of AP credit. Do well and you'll land yourself in Calc II. Do poorly and you'll land yourself in pre-calc.
     
  3. Sutter93

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    My math classes so far, B's in Geometry honors, B's in Algebra 2/ Trig honors, and a B in pre-calculus honors.

    I've done well in English(A's), doing well in AP Physics(Got an A!), did well in Honors Chemistry(B+/A), and AP Biology (C+/A)

    How's that look for my science background?

    Thanks PDub for your input!!
     
  4. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    you're grades are fine, you will do just fine here. That is my prediction if you get accepted. WIth those grades, you will do very well here.
     
  5. Downfall75

    Downfall75 USAFA Cadet

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    My math grades were very much like yours. Your grades look good to me and your SAT math score is about the same as my ACT math score. I think you'll be fine.
     
  6. Christcorp

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    The fact that you started your 2nd paragraph with the word "ANYWAY" instead of "ANYWAY(S)" is a great omen. You'll do fine. Your SAT scores are excellent. Just try harder in school. YOU'RE the one that said you could try harder. Then do it. Is getting into the academy MORE important than what you were doing at the time that you could have been "Trying harder"? Only you can answer that question. But you didn't say "Anyways", and that always impresses me. So I have faith in you. Best of luck to you. Mike.....
     
  7. CyberCommando

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    I was totally in that chain of though, "OMG I must do math" but I've come to grips with the fact that having recieved a C in every advanced math class I've taken (the only Cs I've recieved since 5th grade), I might want to stick with History. Hopefully I can still be in Intelligence or something to do with flight as a History major, my ALO seemed to think it would be fine.
     
  8. Roman

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    To answer the SAT II question, the only tests admissions will look at are the SAT I and ACT.


    :biggrin:
     
  9. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Your academic major does not influence your chance for a pilot/intel slot.
     

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