SAT and ACT scores

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  1. Hopefulmidclass2016

    Hopefulmidclass2016 Member

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    Let me preface this by saying that I'm not asking what scores I need to get in, I know that's different with everyone

    But does it matter if I have mediocre SAT scores but great ACT scores, or will those bad SAT scores drag me down?

    Scores:
    SAT (on practice test)
    CR: 670-710
    Math: 580
    MC Writing: 580

    ACT (last took in 7th grade)
    Comp: 28
    Science:31
    English:30
    Math:24
    Reading:30
    no writing
     
  2. Berkeley0719

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    You do not need to submit both SAT and ACT scores - you can send in one or the other - whichever you choose to do. It is not requires to send in both set of scores.

    I only subnitted my ACT scores.
     
  3. Hopefulmidclass2016

    Hopefulmidclass2016 Member

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    Ahh
    Do you think that hurts or helps one's chances?
    Did you get in?
     
  4. Berkeley0719

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    Hopefulmidclass2016 -

    I sent you a PM.
     
  5. officer

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    HopefulMid:

    I'm so glad you posted this, because my son has a a very similar situation. He took the ACT and had the scores automatically sent. They are AWFUL scores (way below average), but they have them already and there is nothing we can do about it. But his SAT scores are above average, close to a 1950-2000 is what we think he will score for his October test. And those are on auto-send too. I thought that the academies used one or the other (whichever is highest) and dropped the other one.

    So if I'm wrong...please someone tell me ASAP!

    But even if what I described is the official way they "grade/score", my question is, are they going to be swayed in judgement when they see a kid that has 2 good scores vs. a good that has 1 rotten score and 1 good score, even though they are suppossed to just pick the best score and choose from that? Or is it more of a formula of plug this number in (best score from one test) along with all the other factors, and let's see what we get?

    Gosh, I really babbled.
     
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  6. Knarf

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    ACT/SAT Scores

    My daughter did very well on the ACT but didn't take the SAT. Her BGO told her to take the ACT test again and focus on her Math (it was her lowest score @ 31) to see if she could boost it up a little bit more. He said they would take the highest individual test score so she didn't need to worry about the other parts of the test.

    My understanding is they take the highest individual scores and plug them into this "Whole Person" formula they have. This Whole Person score is what is seen by the review boards.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA has publicly stated many times that they look at the highest verbal score (ACT or SAT) and highest math score (ACT or SAT). Thus, your highest could be a combination of SAT and ACT scores.

    USNA has also stated that they only care about your best scores and that sending low scores won't hurt you provided that you receive good scores somewhere along the way.

    I know there are rumors that a series of bad scores will hurt you -- I have seen/heard nothing to indicate that is true and USNA explicitly states the opposite.
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    They will only look at your high scores. The low scores will be dropped so there is no need to worry.
    If you ACT scores are better than your SAT's, they will look at those.
    There is no penalty for taking both tests repeatedly. Doing so only benefits you.


    Cross-posted with USNA1985 - Listen to her!!
     
  9. supreme1

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    sat/ACT

    only take best of ACT or best of SAT right? I do not think that thy mix scores from SAT and ACT?
     
  10. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA Admissions told the BGOs that they will take a "mixture" of ACT and SAT scores if those give you the highest totals.
     

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