When should I take the CFA?

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  1. Commander_Tyler

    Commander_Tyler Member

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    I'm not fully prepared to take the CFA yet (in my mind), when is the latest one can take it and when does everyone usually take it. Thanks everyone!


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  2. Sawyer

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    I would suggest taking it before the end of the summer, and become as ready as you can before you take it. Jogging, Sprinting, Pushups, Pull-ups, and yes... practicing the basketball throw. They are all important. Good luck!
     
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    Agree with Sawyer...before the end of Summer.

    Fall = sports = potential injuries and competing demands (academics, SAT/ACT, and clubs).
     
  4. JoeyM

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    In my opinion, I would take it either during fall or right after, before applications close ofc. Fall sports can get you really conditioned (football in my case) and you'll definitely feel more ready. Unless you do really well and are satisfied with your summer scores, do not submit just yet. No need to jump the gun.
     
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    Football players notoriously score worse during/after the season because:
    1) they are not training specifically for the CFA in season - yes they are in good shape, but their workouts are focused on achieving optimal performance for their position, not the spectrum of events on the CFA
    2) the weekly games and practices tend to leave your body battered which degrades overall performance - a bruised hip here, a bruised shoulder there, and you aren't scoring optimally on all the events.

    That doesn't even get into the worst case scenario which is a serious injury like a torn ACL that prevents you from taking the CFA before the deadline and thereby disqualifies you from admission for the year. While you could recover in time for Beast and get the medical waiver, you won't have a shot because you didn't have the 6-9 month recovery time between the injury and the CFA and fail to complete the application.

    Finally, waiting until the deadline in general to complete your application is always the wrong answer.
    1) it delays the overall file review and qualification which means that the admissions officer/RC won't look at your file and let you know if there is something that you need to improve to be competitive and/or if you need a medical waiver, it won't go forward until you are complete. The RC has a lot less leeway in who they request a medical waiver for later in the admissions cycle and there is a greater chance your medical waiver won't be complete in time for admission decisions late in the cycle. Med waivers take on average 90 days from the date of request. File completion. Deadline is the end of February, Medical decision deadline is normally mid-April which is less than 90 days from the application deadline.
    2) waiting/delaying shows a lack of interest or priorities that lay elsewhere - something you definitely don't want to convey to your RC when there are more than enough of highly qualified candidates competing for the same spot.
     
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    Thanks for everyone's input I really appreciate y'all's help!


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  7. Craig

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    CFA

    Will it delay you getting scheduled for DoDMERB? I don't know the answer but worth asking. WP in a mtg made a comment a few months ago about requiring a higher app completion before spending the money on medical. Indicated it save quite a bit.

    Ask the question. You don't won't to wait till way late for a MED in case you need a waiver. If it is required and you feel like you can pass the CFA in might be best. Then you can retake later to improve your score and show determination.
     

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