I am a Junior and an applicant for the USMA Class of 2018. On January 26th I took my first SAT and I received the scores last night. I earned a 590 in Math, 610 in Writing, and 750 in Critical Reading. I am dumbfounded that I did so poorly in the first two sections and so well in the second. But, more importantly, I am wondering how this will affect my SLE and USMA applications. Combined, my SAT score is 1950 which I think should be pretty competitive for SLE. The problem is, I believe I read somewhere that West Point looks primarily at the Math and Writing sections, which is bad for me considering that I did comparatively worse in those sections than in Critical Reading. Combined, my Math and Writing score is 1200 which hits the bottom of the spectrum for the average SLE attendee (according to the SLE FAQ, the average attendee scores between 1200 and 1300). So even though I got a 1950, am I less competitive than most attendees? Finally, it may be worth to mention that I almost completely meet the rest of the criteria for the average SLE attendee. The average attendee is in the top 20% of their class, is a member of the National Honor Society, participates in school clubs, participates in extracurricular activities such as Boys State and Student Council, and has at least one varsity letter. I am in the top 5% of my class, am in the NHS, was founder and president of an ultimate frisbee club, am a Boy Scout and a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and I earned a varsity letter in Cross Country. So, I believe that I am meeting the requirements for SLE acceptance, except that I have no idea whether my SAT scores will benefit my application or sink it. I look forward to hearing your feedback, and sorry about making this so long.