Realistic test scores needed

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  1. gander

    gander New Member

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    Looking at the NROTC home page I see where it lists the minimum requirements for test scores to qualify for a scholarship. I have a hard time believing that many receive a scholarship with those scores. My question is what is a realistic test score needed to at least make you competitive? I know that many other considerations are included in the final decision but I assume that the scores are a large part.
     
  2. kgrmom

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    Meaning... you think realistically your scores need to be higher? Just trying to be sure we understand :rolleyes:
     
  3. gander

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    Yes, i would think they would need to be significantly higher than the minimums listed on the web page. So my question is.....how much higher?
     
  4. Pima

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    Realistically I would say strong mid 600's+ for a 4 yr technical. A 1300+ would be my goal. Remember many candidates for the USNA apply for NROTC as their back up so you want to be able to be at their level for a 4 yr full ride.
     
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    I am so screwed...
     
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    Keep working on those SAT scores! Get a tutor, if you can. I would say between 1200 and 1300 would get your application attention.

    Never give up! Courage, Honor, Commitment!!!
     
  7. gander

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    Another question, if you have submitted your package and improve on the ACT/SAT test can you send in an updated score to be considered? My son will take the ACT again in Sept to hopefully raise his score higher than his present ACT score of 30 but would like to submit everything else sooner if he can send in an improved score.
     
  8. Pima

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    I can't answer that, because DS's packet was reviewed right out the shoot and he was given his scholarship after meeting the board (CAVEAT: AF, which is different) However, I recall reading on these boards, kids receiving letters that they were not selected on XXX board and will be put up again for the next board. SO I AM ASSUMING like the SA's you can keep upgrading.

    I have to ask why you would submit now if you feel it is not at the strongest it could be? If he takes the SAT in Sept, his results will be available in Oct., that is still very early in the scholarship season.

    With the economy the way it is, the services are seeing an increase in applications, thus the competition is getting more fierce. 2 yrs ago you saw almost everybody getting some form of a 4 yr scholarship, last yr, I saw for the 1st time kids getting scholarships for 2K, I didn't even know that those existed. At our DS's hs, 3 kids got the 4 yr scholarships, the irony was known of them were JROTC. The 7 JROTC students that applied, did not receive any. My point is it is about your childs application that will determine if they get it. I will say the JROTC kids were quite upset and disappointed.

    Finally, a 30 is a good score, it is the equivalent of a 1300+. They take the best of the 2, so if the SAT overall is higher than the ACT, they will judge him on the SAT, and if the ACT equivalent is higher they use the ACT

    Here's the equivalent link
    http://www.spartanburg6.k12.sc.us/dhs/Guidance website/SAT-ACT Conversion chart.html

    In our sons case his ACT turned out to be higher than his SAT, only by 20 - 50 pts, but still it was 20 -50 pts. His ACT put him in the 1400+ out of 1600.
     
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  9. koko

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    I have a friend who met the minimum scores 23 ACT, but she was athletic (Capt. of softball, basketball, volleyball teams for two years), and commander of her JROTC unit. She got selected on the first board before I did for NROTC. I think if you do not have exceptional test scores, you can make up for it by other factors.
     
  10. NROTCDAD55

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    Superscore the SAT?

    Does the Board superscore the SAT (take the best scores from different admissions for an artificial "combined" score), and would it integrate scores subsequently received from the October 09 administration with an earlier score that was more modest?
     
  11. Pima

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    I believe that the SA's superscore.

    A 23 is incredibly low, although we all have anecdotals, I would say remember many candidates for an SA will apply for ROTC, so don't fall into a lull thinking that they don't. They definetely do and you are their competition. The only one that I can think of having lower scores is Nursing.
     
  12. s1732

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    The other thing to remember is that a 23 is a low score for many engineering schools, which is what the Navy is looking for. On your application, it is important to select schools that you can get accepted to. I think that it has happened occasionally where a student gets the scholarship and doesn't get accepted to any of the five schools listed on his/her application.
     
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    my son received a 4 year I believe on one of the first boards with a 29 ACT, 2020 combined SAT, and a 3.8 GPA, I agree the minimum requirements are to low and don't reflect the caliber of the applicants.
     
  14. Pima

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    I am sure they took his SAT since that is comparable to a 31, which again is much higher than a 23. If you even look at the thread Bruno started (ROTC increase), I would say that with this economy more students will be looking for a piece of the pie, so the stats will increase.

    FWIW a 23 ACT is equivalent to a 1600 score, which is very low.
     

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