Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by willc1021, May 14, 2012.
What are competitive Sat scores for the naval academy?
College Apps says SAT median (25th-75th) is 600-700, but from the limited amount I have heard I think it really depends on your area (Wyoming vs. Annapolis Area)
I tell people younger than me, strive for 700/700 or 31 ACT on the relevant sections.
Of course, you can get an appointment with lower scores-many do- and people with 2400/36 have been rejected before. Also, your GPA/ranking will also have an effect.
Generally, I think 700/31 is a good goal to strive for.
what're the sections that USNA looks at for SAT? Math and Critical Reading? or math and Writing?
I know for ACT it's Math and English, just wanted to check.
Math and Critical Reading
The general prudential rule - personal opinion - shoot for the best score you can achieve on either or both the SAT and ACT exams. If you settle for less you are risking taking yourself out of competition for an appointment. There are enough factors that are out of your control, you really shouldn't surrender one that is within your control. Just my opinion, but look around the USNA site and you will find far more holders of TWE's than holders of BFE's... there's should be a message there. You can play the odds, but in my opinion all you are doing is increasing the liklihood of the dreaded TWE. Your choice.
I had a 34 in English, 34 in Math on the ACT (the only two they care about), and a 680 CR, and 740 M on the SAT, I got a BFE, even with my subpar GPA (3.5) and rank (158/463)
But I did go to the most competetive school in the state, and took the hardest courses I could (7 AP's completed, 9 AP's by graduation)
I think this is area dependent. In our area I have not heard of anyone getting in with lower than a 33 on Math AND English. I am sure some have but none that I have heard of. My son has a 34 M & 34 E and if this was last year he would have lower stats than the appointee from our congressional district.
I know someone whose son did not get in in our area with a E:30, M:29 and they said they "shouldn't have left 13 ACT points on the table"
First, it is largely area dependent insofar as it MOC nominees are concerned; you will be competing against the others on your slate(s) of nominees. However, all bets are off when you get on a fully competitive venue, e.g. Presidential, etc; there you will be competing with all of the other nominees on a much larger scale. But, bear in mind that even on the MOC slate you should not assume that you are competing with a less rigorous slate; all you need is one fully qualified candidate who trumps your SAT/ACT scores. Also, keep in mind that this is supposed to be a whole person scoring system, so someone who can't beat you on SAT/ACT scores may well have other factors that are superior or more desirable than yours. You need to accept that you should be working to compile the best file you can, and not be satisfied with anything less than the best you know you can do! Unlike your current situation where you know everyone you are competing against in school and have insight into their strengths and shortcomings, in this venue you will be competing with peers you do not know. A real risk here is that a candidate will sell him(her)self short, thereby under-mining his(her) efforts. This also is a major reason I feel wholesale playing the odds is a loser's game. Think about it. You (and your family and loved ones) are the one who has to deal with the outcome. One of the worst things a person can do is to fool him(her)self into accepting something less than his/her best.
there is definitely a different standard for recruited athletes, my guess would be a score in the 500 range on each subject would be sufficient for a recruited athlete, if not you better be in the high 600s if not 700s....we can debate what is or isn't a competitive profile but at the end of the day if the academy wants to recruit you for a sport, the standards are dropped significantly when considering whether or not you are "qualified"
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