Q.for those who made it

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  1. officer

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    I have a son who is a junior and will be taking the SAT's in May. He has already signed up for AIM, and we are waiting to hear from that.

    Can anyone give me some sample SAT/ACT/SAT Subject test scores? I think this is going to be our big challenge. Everything else is good for us. (community service, volunteer, honors courses, AP courses, recommendations, etc.) My son however is a little nervous about the test. We are homeschoolers, so we really need to back up our work with a good test score.
     
  2. bossf51

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    The "average" the past few years has been arond 1260 combined for the math and reading. I imagine that's about where it will be this year too, maybe a little higher.
     
  3. officer

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    So I'm guessing if that is an "average", there are some that have lower scores and they must have had really good essays, grades, extra curriculars, etc. Right?
     
  4. Texmom

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    Remember, the math score counts twice and the English score once on the CGA rubric. I strongly recommend that your son take both the SAT and the ACT. They are very different. Also, there are many good books about the test structure and strategies for improved performance. There is no substitute for practice, practice, practice. My son took ACT 5 times and SAT once. His math score is very strong, but the English score is on the low end. We're still waiting for an appointment to CGA, but have an appointment to USMMA. Good luck.
     
  5. officer

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    My son keeps getting 760's for math and 580's for critical reading. Is the CR going to hurt us?
     
  6. averx615

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    if those are his actual scores for the SAT then he doesnt have much to worry about. he will be right up there with the best applicants
     
  7. larry2013

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    my son took the sat total of 3x from junior year mar to oct of senior yr - he doesn't mind if I say he got 750 Math all 3x -he's mad that he kept making different but 2 mistakes, but his CR was tough - 570 last 2x - I had been told that he would do better on ACT - as it as been explained to me, SAT reasoning and ACT knowledge - he got comp 31 on ACT - Math 34 and English 29 (much better -next bracket up from his 570) - Can also tell you when he had interview with congressman's panel - they did focus on 570 CR - as tho it wasn't good - but when they saw the ACT's they said that would help him. Finally figured out that one could find proportional grade from ACT to SAT - 29/36 = x/800 - that's when i realized that the act did help him, not just nice things people said when they saw his test scores.
    That's been his experience, will also say, eagle scout, varsity crew - now captain and stroke on 1st eight - not a minority, navy family.
    Its a maze what the "score" is to get, or what is most important - I have had to focus on faith that they do look at "whole person". My son is still waiting on uscga and usna - is 3Q, pres nom, didn't get summer seminars - supposedly because of the high interst of the area we live in (VA). I give this only to help you- I know I was in your place, its just ment to be informative, comforting??, to see others - good luck on your quest - as I said to classmates parents beginning of high school, having this goal, makes the focus easy, but now at nearing the end of hs - its hard - this is all my son's wanted and has worked hard, keeps his nose clean, kind, bah bah bah, still may not get the appointment. I am fortunate, he was able to describe a backup - NROTC to VMI - can say that he has already received these among the news he has heard. Larry won't make any commitments until he hears.
     

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