Candidate Questionnaire ..?

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  1. LB101

    LB101 Member

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    I am currently a junior and starting to prepare for applying to WP. On the WP admissions page they have a time line that says you should complete the CQ this before august of your senior year, or way sooner... What exactly is the CQ, what do I have to fill out for it and when should I begin it? Do I need to have my congressional nomination before I start this?
     
  2. husky2018

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    The candidate questionnaire is just the preliminary step to the application. I believe they ask about test scores, school activities, etc. If you are applying to SLE, that is the first part of the application so you'll have it done already and won't have to do it later. And no, you do not need a congressional nomination for the candidate questionnaire.
     
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    https://www.usma.edu/admissions/SitePages/Summer.aspx

    The attached link will direct you to the Summer Leaders Experience page of the West Point Admissions site. At the bottom of the page, you will read that "In order to apply for SLE while the application window is open, you must first complete the Candidate Questionnaire HERE." By clicking on this hyperlink, you will be taken to a secure portal where you can fill out the Candidate Questionnaire. If I remember correctly, you will need to know basic information such as your name, your birthday, your Social Security number, your address, the name and birthday of your parent(s), and your phone number. You may also be asked about what Congressional district in which you reside and where you go to school.

    Definitely complete this as accurately as you can as soon as you can. I would also suggest that you apply to SLE as well, for the information you provide in that application serves as a preliminary application for the Class of 2023. This will give you a head-start on the whole process. I also had an incredible time at SLE and would recommend it to any high school junior looking for enrichment and a taste of academy life, but it's entirely your choice.

    Hope this helps! Go Army!
     
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  4. GoArmy2023

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  5. prospective2019

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    It opens this Monday, the 15th.
     
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    Yea thats what I thought. Just wanted to double check. Thanks!!
     
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  7. LB101

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    If I fill out the CQ now will I
    Thank you! Do I have to do my CQ and apply for SLE at the same time or can I just do my CQ and apply for SLE when it opens on monday.
     
  8. prospective2019

    prospective2019 2023 Hopeful

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    I think the answer you’re looking for is that you will open your CQ at the time that you apply for SLE. I believe that the CQ is the biggest part of the SLE application. If you try to fill it out ahead of time it will not allow you to due to age (trust me, I’ve tried ). You will be able to update your profile in the time following when you have any updates test scores, extra curriculars, etc.
     
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  9. LB101

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    yes thank you thats what I was wondering!
     
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    I was wondering that as well, thanks!!!
     
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  11. Duke_of_Wellington

    Duke_of_Wellington New Member

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    Is the CQ the only thing that admissions uses to determine if a candidate is to be accepted into SLE? Also can you update your standardized test scores for the SLE application prior to the close in March because I am taking the ACT in February, and I am going to apply Monday the 15th.
     
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    prospective2019 2023 Hopeful

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    The USMA SLE application, from what I have been told, is just your CQ. Admission to it is based on test scores, along with representation from your district, etc. I am taking the ACT again in February as well, and we will be able to update our CQ’s as scores come in (as with any other update). I predict that they will not be in in time for USMA to consider them for SLE if we apply the first day, but we will be able to edit our profiles with better scores.

    Several people, including the current plebe who I shadowed at my visit, emphasize that not getting into SLE does not mean you will not get into USMA, just as getting into SLE does not ensure acceptance.

    Take any of my advice with a grain of salt, as I am in the same position as you, and what I am telling you is primarily from what I’ve read, researched, or been told!

    Good luck! :)
     
  13. GoArmy2022

    GoArmy2022 USMA 2022

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    Prospective Class of 2023,

    I know I already told you this, but that’s because it’s extremely important:

    Please understand that getting into West Point itself is MUCH more than just your test scores. (Please note this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t retake the test. If you are not selected for SLE, I recommend retaking!!!) Yes, it DOES involve district representation, but that’s what getting a nomination is for when you’re applying to the school. The kid who applies from Jan-Feb in your district who has the highest test scores is probably the one who’s going. EVEN if that person won’t be medically qualified down the road. EVEN if that person won’t be physically qualified in the future. EVEN if that person decides that West Point isn’t for them.

    I was not selected for SLE, but I have a friend who was for the summer of 2016. Her test scores were pretty much the average for an accepted candidate, so I think her district was a tad underrepresented. Anyhow, this friend was a little...out of shape. Liked SLE and loved West Point but she had to make some physical corrections if she wanted to pass the CFA/DoDMERB. So she lost the extra weight and now she’s a Plebe. I remember she told me that there were a lot of kids there who were also out of shape—only they never got into it. She told me a couple of them also have minor medical issues (like asthma) that may have kept them out of West Point. And, of course, there are always the select few who decide they hate the program and don’t even apply for the academic year. Most kids love it, though. I mean, you get to shoot a grenade launcher and roll in mud :)

    But SLE is pretty much an advertisement for West Point, just as NASS is an ad for Navy. If you don’t get into the summer seminars, who cares? Use that week to keep preparing for the CFA, or better, use that week to go to Boys/Girls State.

    Don’t let it discourage you.

    And go Army!
     
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  14. Duke_of_Wellington

    Duke_of_Wellington New Member

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    Thank you very much, your information certainly helped!

    Best of luck!
     
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