Do MOC’s Superscore?

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  1. usna1234

    usna1234 Member

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    I’m curious to know if the majority of MOC’s Superscore standardized tests. According to one of my MOC’s website, it states “if you retake the SAT or ACT tests, please notify our office of any increases in your scores. Please note that the Academy Selection Committee considers your highest scores.”
    I feel there could be many interpretations of that last sentence. Does that mean they consider the highest subscores regardless of when the test was taken? Or does that mean they consider the highest single sitting? I couldn’t imagine MOC’s not superscoring test scores when all the SA’s do! Regardless, let me know your thoughts!?
     
  2. FMHS-79

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    Processes and selection criteria are MOC-specific (and typically "black box" in nature), so I would not dare make any sweeping assumptions as to how each MOC would assess each applicant's SAT and/or ACT scores. Keep studying and taking the test(s) until you feel the scores accurately reflect your true capabilities.

    IMHO, there are many aspects of the SA application process that are out of an applicant's control - try to focus your time and energy on those things you can directly control (one can go crazy trying to figure out what happens behind the scenes at the MOC offices and SAs).
     
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  3. MidCakePa

    MidCakePa Member

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    Directly ask the MOC staffer who handles nominations. Not only will you get an accurate answer specific to that MOC, you’ll begin building (or reinforcing) an important relationship that can only help as the process unfolds.
     
  4. usna1234

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    Good advice! I wasn’t sure if that was a dumb question to ask the MOC. I didn’t want to start off the application process on a bad note.
     
  5. MidCakePa

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    If anything, use your question to initiate a broader introduction: who you are, where you go to school, which academy/ies you’re interested in, and so forth. It’s a 5-7 minute discussion that should serve you well. Just be sure you don’t ask any questions that you could have easily answered by looking on the MOC’s website.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    There is no such thing as a dumb question, only a dumb presentation presentation of a question without having done any research first. You've done some now. Follow MidCakePa's sound advice.
     
  7. MidwestDad

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    Agree with the 'black box' perspective - only a MOC liason etc can give you any insight. Some MOC offices have superb SA nom liasons [ours did] others do not. SA noms are a very big deal to some MOCs and an almost afterthought to others.
     
  8. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    I strongly recommend that the APPLICANT make this call and not the parent as it shows the staffer your poise and maturity. First impressions!
     
  9. time2

    time2 10-Year Member

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    Each MOC runs their own process, so it isn't possible to draw conclusions or make generalizations about what other MOC's might do. Not sure what you would do differently based on how they answer your question about 'superscoring'.
     
  10. usna1234

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    I would ensure that my ACT superscore is the highest I can get it even if my single sitting score lacks.
     
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    time2 10-Year Member

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    Wouldn't you do that regardless?
     
  12. Old Navy BGO

    Old Navy BGO 5-Year Member

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    ++++ YES ...this, all the time.