SAT/ACT Scores

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  1. Tb1150

    Tb1150 New Member

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    My son, a high school senior is currently working on his application. He has all the attributes the academy is looking for as far as athletics, leadership, grades etc. However his SAT scores are lower than the median. He is taking the SAT again Oct 1 and the ACT Oct 22 and hopes to greatly improve his scores. I guess my question is should he still apply for EA or wait and apply during RA when hopefully his scores will be higher?
    Thanks for any help you can give me!
     
  2. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    What a great question. Up until this year, I think the slam dunk answer would have been to apply EA and update scores. Now it becomes a bit trickier.

    Have you looked at the median scores for 2015? Is he within striking range with a good retake of the SAT? Has he prepped/studied since his last attempt? Does he feel like he could do better?

    Wait...now I have a question....say TB1150's kid applies EA...can he/she still update his package before it goes to the review board? If so, that would be a win-win....an EA applicant who has the chance to sneak one more good SAT score in prior to the EA decision. If not, then waiting and showing a huge bump in the SAT could be reasonable.

    I think the bottom line is this....will your other stats (grades, class rank, EC's, athlete, diversity candidate) be enough to counteract that lower SAT score. Some of the items listed above might hold more sway with the Academy....I wish there was a cut and dried answer.

    Good luck. Let us know what you decide to do. We may be in your shoes someday. Again. :rolleyes:
     
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    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Early Action: (from USCGA to AAP)

    Early Action applicants not recommended for an appointment will no longer be deferred for re-evaluation under Regular Admissions. Early Action applicants will be receiving non-acceptance letters and will not be considered any further. (An applicant will not be given an option to send in additional information to strengthen their file).

    Strong students (good grades, good standardized test scores, as well as leadership, and athletics/music), are good candidates for applying under Early Action. If there is a weakness in a certain area which a student hopes to improve upon in the fall of their Senior year, that student may want to hold off and apply under Regular Admission.
     
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    Thanks for advice everyone! I think we will hold off and apply during regular admission, as higher scores can do nothing but help him!
     
  5. Candidad

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    ACT/SAT

    Wouldn't the October scores be in time to be considered during EA (i.e. before mid-January)?
     

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