Does West Point require both SAT and ACT

TerragTheGreat

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Hello. I am a candidate for the class of 2023 and I saw on the USMA candidate page that there are slots for the ACT and SAT, which makes me think that I need to post both scores. My ACT score is much better than my SAT score, and so I am a bit nervous about posting both. Do I need to?
 

minos

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No. You can upload both if you’d like, but they’ll only look at your best test/score.
 

AROTC-dad

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Agree with Minos. Try both to see which you do better at.
 

MidwestDad

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Don't forget you need essay scores too if you didn't take first time around.

But yes - only post your best, no penalty for not taking both.
 

MidwestDad

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The email from admissions says to post all scores. I would follow their advice.
This is for superscoring purposes - does not address taking both SAT and ACT. Many applicants to many schools nationwide do not take both - most take SAT, ACT becoming a bit less common. Here in MI we switched 2 years ago; state contract to administer standardized tests at no cost to students in school hours. In past we took ACT and if you applied to out of state schools they might require SAT. But the SAs do NOT require you to take both [nor expect you to.]
 

MidCakePa

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For the OP, this is pretty straightforward. Submit the higher test score, forget about the other one. It is, in fact, “or.” USMA only needs one.
 

mia8297

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take both as many times as you can and make sure to take the essays...they want to see you keep trying to improve your own self...give them reasons to say yes not no. good luck.
 

MidCakePa

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Mia8297: I respectfully disagree. Most people do significantly better on one vs. the other. Perhaps wiring or preparation — the tests are somewhat different. So for most, it’s best to figure out which one you do better on and/or are more comfortable with, then focus on that. Saves time and money too. There just isn’t points for showing scores for two different tests. They’re going to take the best score and call it good.
 

bookreader

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My son only submitted SAT scores since he never took the ACT. He's at WP now, so no, you don't need to take both.
Should you take both - maybe. Do you need to - no.
 
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