West Point SLE acceptance

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  1. luckydoggy1234

    luckydoggy1234 Member

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    So I'm wondering whether I should send my SAT scores to west point for their summer SLE.

    I got a pretty low PSAT score of 186 (66 in math but then a 58 in reading) but on my SAT I got a 2160 (750 Eng, 740 Math). However, when I updated my information on the portal, my SAT score did not show up on my profile tab. I guess what I'm really asking is do I need to send in my SAT score to west point?

    I also want to ask about my chances of getting into West Point; 4.0 GPA, tennis team (without varsity letter though, my school doesn't give them out), NHS, hospital volunteer, top 10% of my school, etc. Is my schoolwork lacking in any way which makes me a second rate applicant or is it just because of my low PSAT score and the fact that I haven't sent in my SAT scores yet?

    Thanks!
     
  2. 845something

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    No one here can definitively answer the question. If you send in your SAT scores, it may make a difference; however, it may not depending on how you stack up nationally and in your district. Also, does your RC know that your school doesn't do varsity letters? They may not being looking that in depth at you precisely because of your low athletic/leadership rating (you don't really even talk extra curricular leadership, just a single club membership).
     
  3. luckydoggy1234

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    I don't know what a RC is. And in my application I did say in the extra comments section that "although my school does not have varsity letters, I did play second singles for my school". As for the leadership thingy i did say I'm vice president of chess club.

    my brother got accepted into SLE without having any leadership position. And the only real difference between him and me was his 202 on his psats (he played 1st doubles for his school) so thats why I'm a bit concerned about my PSAT score
     
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    No one reads the extra comments unless they open a file up and look at it in depth. No one is going to do that unless they have a reason to. Below average PSATs and low/average leadership won't inspire the RC (Regional Commander = your admissions officer) to dig into your file when they are closing out the class of 2019 and responding to other eager 2020 candidates.

    The only difference between you and your brother is not just your test scores (which are weighted much more than leadership); it is also the year that you applied, which can result in different levels of competition.

    You need to bring your situation to your RCs attention. Might I suggest sending a digital copy of your SAT scores (highlighting your potential as a candidate) along with and explanation of your second singles tennis status (a reason to dig into the notes of your file and make adjustments).
     
  5. luckydoggy1234

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    Oh, I'm talking about the SLE admissions, not the real admissions. The reason i talk about my brother is because we're twins; we both applied for the West point SLE except he got accepted almost immediately (in early feb I think) and i'm still here waiting.

    THanks
     
  6. 845something

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    And there is something else to let them know. Twins often come as a package deal. Again, give them something to look for in your application. If your name is Smith, then they probably think nothing of it that there are multiple in a district, if they are even looking at the district as a whole yet and not just swimming the scores for the top candidates.
     

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