Worth sending scores again?

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  1. 34KING18

    34KING18 Member

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    Is it worth sending updated SAT scores to USAFA once you have already been offered an appointment and have accepted it? I took the new SAT to see how I did and did much better than before but I did not have these scores before USAFA offered me my appointment. Does USAFA use these scores for placement or anything, or merely just selection to USAFA? Thank you
     
  2. Cerberi

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    No
     
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  3. USAFA83GradWife

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    For what reason?
     
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    "Does USAFA use these scores for placement..."
     
  5. USAFA83GradWife

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    Nope. You'll take placement tests.
     
  6. MN-Dad-2016

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    Actually they do use SAT/ACT score to anticipate your USAFA graduating GPA (along with HS GPA, course rigor, caliber of HS, etc). Rumor has it, USAFA's calculated guess is pretty darn accurate! Anyways, this anticipated GPA score (it has a title but I don't know what it is) is used to invite about 50 incoming class cadets into the "Scholars Program". IMHO, the Scholars Program is a World Class USAFA program. Our DS cannot say enough great things about it. As in gushingly great complements about the teachers, the curriculum, the mentoring, the grooming, the opportunities, etc. While you can still apply on your own for the Scholars Program (even if you are not initially invited to apply), they again will be looking at your SAT/ACT score. Therefore my advice would be to resubmit (assuming and only assuming you want to attend this program). Furthermore, if a cadet was invited or applied to this program, I would recommend that they make sure that their much better SAT score was noted/documented in the cadets incoming records.

    http://www.academyadmissions.com/the-experience/academics/additional-programs/ says it best here. I wholeheartedly agree.

    "ACADEMY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

    The Academy Scholars Program helps competitively-selected cadets reach their full potential by offering a challenging path through the curriculum, thereby providing the Air Force and our nation with a pool of intellectually inspired and well-rounded leaders. The curriculum initially consists of special core course sections (core substitutes) that deepen the scholars’ intellectual development, primarily in the liberal arts. The pedagogical principle of this enrichment program involves forming small learning communities (a cohort of cadets enrolled in the same sections) to provide close interaction among the same students over a four-year period, in courses pursuing a coherent theme — the development of the Western intellectual tradition."
     
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    SAT/ACT scores can also be used to receive credit for English 111, Introductory Composition and Research, according to the "Instructions to Appointees" handbook:

    "You may qualify for transfer credit if you earned an A- or higher in a freshman English composition course at an accredited four-year college or university. You may also qualify for transfer credit if you earned an A- or higher in an English composition course at an accredited two-year college AND also scored exceptionally well on the verbal component of the SAT or ACT exam (700+ SAT or 30+ ACT)."

    So, if you scored higher in this area, it cannot hurt to send updated scores before BCT.
     
  8. USAFA83GradWife

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    My DD scored above that & it wasn't used as a means to determine if she could place out. The placement test during BCT is what placed her out of Calc 1 &2 (though she decided to take Calc 2 anyway).
    Either way, I *think* you still take the placements test (can a cadet corroborate, please?)

    Of course, my story is anecdotal, so ... take it as opinion and not fact. :)
     
  9. SkiesToConquer18

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    After my Fall Freshmen semester, I believe the Scholars Program sent an invitation to anyone who had over a 3.5 GPA to join. The program is also closely tied to the scholarship and graduate school opportunities programs.
     
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  10. MN-Dad-2016

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    USAFA GPA is also how I remember who is invited to apply. In short, you need to hit a certain GPA to be invited to apply. You can still apply for the program even if you are not asked (have under a 3.5 GPA). Still, your "Academic Composite Score” (a score given by admissions predicting a Cadets GPA and sucess) goes into the final selection along with a cadet filled out application. Therefore a cadets SAT/ACT score is part of the Academic Composite Score which is a major part of the final selections. :)
     

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