SAT Scores

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  1. future engineer

    future engineer New Member

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    How good should SAT or ACT scores be? I have seen the average but is it worth it to keep taking them? Is there a "safe" zone? I wish I could know what scores are considering very good so I could judge mine based off of that.
     
  2. USNA Hopeful '20

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    A 36 (ACT) is very good. But in all seriousness, only the max score on either test is "safe".
     
  3. FalconsRock

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    You will hear many times over that the safe SAT scores are 800/800/800 which is a no brainer. My DD took her SAT once and received 750M/800R/770W. She did not take it again. There is a thread on here where ChristCorp had a very well written response to your question. Try a search and see if you can find it.
     
  4. lingeringboat

    lingeringboat USNA c/o 2020

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    FalconsRock, did your DD study? If so, how? I'm retaking this December and trying to get over a 2200.
     
  5. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

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    I'm studying right now for the upcoming ACT and I currently have a 35 English and a 35 Math on the ACT. Think of it through the eyes of your competition, do you think they would like you to retake it and potentially get a higher score? Probably not, because that might cause you to get in instead of them. If I get rejected I don't want to have to think "Well maybe if I had spent 4 hours of my life bubbling in circles, I would have gotten in." If I get rejected I want to be able to say that I did everything that I possibly could have done and that I tried my best but came up short.
     
  6. Cerberi

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    You are wasting your time to re-take the ACT with a 35/35 unless you are deficient/weak in other areas.
     
  7. FalconsRock

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    lingeringboat, my DD had a PSAT tutor for about 3 months prior to her PSAT which she took in October of her junior year. It helped her tremendously. She then took her first SAT that next December just to see how she would do. She only missed one question on the math section which gave her a 750 and she did not think it worth her time to take it again. I would recommend a tutor that can explain how the test is taken and give pointers on how to pace yourself. If you can't find a tutor, there are plenty of tips for taking the test online. Also, if you do not do well on the SAT you should try the ACT. My DD did much better on the SAT. Both tests are very different and her brain just had a better time with the SAT. Good luck with your studying. Keep striving to put your best application forward.
     
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  8. lingeringboat

    lingeringboat USNA c/o 2020

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    Is the December SAT too late for the academy to review? I noticed just today that the October scores were in my portal.
     
  9. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

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    If SAT/ACT scores are 30% of your WCS, and each point on the ACT carries the same weight, and WCS is out of 8000, 1 point on the ACT is worth 66.67 points on your WCS. With a 35/35 I potentially 2 points that I could miss out on by not spending a couple hours bubbling in bubbles, that's 133.33 points on my WCS.

    I read that the CFA is 10% of your WCS. That's 800 points total and there are 6 parts of it. If each section carries the same weight, each section is worth 133.33 points. Assuming that is all true, going from 50 push ups to 75 push ups on the CFA and going from 60 sit ups to 95 would not give you as many points on your WCS as 2 points on the ACT(assuming each push up and each sit up gives you the same amount of points).

    IMO 133.33 points is a significant amount and it's worth a couple hours of my time to have a chance at getting them. I don't know of a more time effective way to increase my WCS at this point.
     
  10. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    Some young people know everything, so why not take and retake tests until they can prove it?
     
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  11. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

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    Listen to Maplerock, s/he has been around service academies on a regular basis since 2001 so we should all just blindly believe every perfect word that is typed by his/her holy fingers.
     
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  12. FalconsRock

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    I believe the December SAT will get to the board on time. If I recall correctly, the last SAT accepted is in January. I would request a copy to be sent to each SA you are applying to on test day.
     
  13. Coach62

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    My DS received an LOA with a composite score of 34 ACT. Just a frame of reference for you.
     
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  14. USNA Hopeful '20

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    And then again I have a 34 composite and no LOA. Too much to consider to try and get inside the head of admissions. Put your best application out there and hope for the best.
     

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