Perfect Score Act

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  1. themandan

    themandan New Member

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    Hi, i was fortunate enough to get a 36 on the ACT. I have taken all the hardest classes my school offers and have a 3.88 gpa. I have the extra curriculars and leadership, but sport wise only 2 time varsity swimming( with team captain). As long as I pass the physical stuff does anyone get turned away with a 36 act? , how significant is this? Thank You
     
  2. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Sure they do. Especially if you are from a highly competitive district where you are not the ONLY applicant or candidate with that perfect score.

    I also personally know a young man with 800/800 SAT, graduated 2nd in his class in one of the most competitive congressional districts, who got the nom and appointment, and was gone from BCT before it was over. Found out, it just wasn't what he thought it would be. Still in touch with this young man, he is a scientist working with some scary stuff, and happy.

    But on the plus side: that's at least one thing you can put in your "check" column.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    A 36 ACT is an outstanding achievement!!! I've only seen two kids in my 21 years as an ALO achieve that!!

    That being said...one was not accepted to the academy of their choice. The score is awesome, but a score does not a "whole package" make. The rest must be there as well!!!

    But I'd tell you this if you were MY candidate: forget any more SAT or ACT tests; you're done with those!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
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  4. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    You never know. Don't get over confident... especially if the Naval Academy is your goal. Keep option B and C in play.
     
  5. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    You never know. Don't get over confident... especially if the Naval Academy is your goal. Keep option B and C in play.
     
  6. Christcorp

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    Flieger is 100% correct. As he is practically always. It's about the "whole person". Not just act or sat scores. It's leadership, teamwork, community, gpa, sports, etc.

    While I haven't had an applicant who received a perfect 36, I did have 2 who had a 35 on their acts. They were also 4.0 gpa students in the most challenging curriculum. But they didn't have many of the other things the academy was looking for in an applicant. Both got turned down to the academy. One got accepted to Georgetown and the other to Yale. Yet, you would have though either was a shoe in for the academy.

    You will see some applicants who get into the academy with 32-36 act, 4.0 gpa in the IB program, but they also has 2-3 varsity sports, class officer, involved in clubs, leadership roles, etc. they were the complete package. You'll also see others with the complete package with a 3.6 gpa and 27 act scores.

    The academy will take a 26 act and 3.6 gpa with a complete package of all the other leadership, sports, volunteering, etc. attributes mentioned, before the take an individual with. 36 act and 4.0 gpa and that's ALL they have.

    Remember, the academy is recruiting "Future Military Leaders". They aren't recruiting future college professors, think tank scientists, and academia brainiacs. Of course, the majority of cadets happen to be some of both. The average gpa in advanced high school glasses is 3.86 gpa. Average act is 30-31. But these individuals are also highly involved in sports, clubs, social activities, leadership, teamwork, etc. best of luck.
     
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  7. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Congrats a on great score. You say you have ECs and leadership experience, and a sport. That is definitely not bad. I would guess you are highly competitive, but admissions makes the final call.
     

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