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Highschool Sophomore How Do I Measure Up

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by TSalvitti, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. TSalvitti

    TSalvitti 5-Year Member

    Jan 5, 2012
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    -GPA Weighted : 4.25
    -GPA Unweighted: 4.00

    Had a 4.0 GPA unweighted for my Freshman Year as I did not take any AP classes that year. (only AP Human Geography Available)

    Currently Taking AP Chemistry and AP World History with Pre-AP Alg. II, Pre-AP Physics, Pre-AP English II, and Spanish II. These are the hardest classes possible for my graduating class at the moment excluding AP Spanish.

    PSAT Scores as a Sophomore
    Math: 74
    Reading: 60
    Writing: 55
    134 total for Math and Reading

    Class ranking, I'm not sure as it doesn't show. The graduating class at the moment is approximately 57. I'm estimating my rank to be either 1-3 based on GPA.

    I play for the Varsity Soccer Team
    Play for a select Soccer Club

    Sports aren't a real big thing at my school.

    Extra Curriculars:
    Science Olympiad, A competition testing your knowledge of science and engineering skills.
    Student Council member

    Feel free to ask anything more if needed.
    I'm hoping to get into the USAFA Class of 2018, I live in a competitive state though (Texas).
  2. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17 5-Year Member

    Sep 29, 2011
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    All I can say is keep up the good work, and get some leadership positions, because Student Council is the only one I'm seeing at the moment. :thumb:
  3. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    You seem to have a very strong profile, and I would continue with what you are currently doing.

    The only negative I see is that you received a 60 on the PSAT, which would translate into @600 SAT, you really want to hit that mid 660+ marker to feel comfortable. Your Math being so high, I am going to assume you are probably a candidate for NMSF, remember to place that on your EC's. I am almost 100% positive you won't get NMF with 74, but still NMSF is an honor.

    When you go for the SAT, if you pull another score like the PSAT on the Math and CR, take the test again, but this time only study for the CR portion. AFA superscores, meaning they will take the best score from each section and combine them together to make a new SAT score for you.

    However, as 95% of all AFA candidates do apply for AFROTC scholarship, this method can also have a double edge to it since AFROTC DOES NOT superscore. They take the best sitting. You can take it 10 times, but still be the best 1 sitting out of the 10.

    Make sure you also take the ACT, for some that are weaker in the verbal on the SAT, they actually do better on the ACT. Their Math and Science tend to stay @ the same.

    AFA and AFROTC will than convert that score over to the SAT score and whichever is best will be the one they will use. DS had a 1390, but a higher ACT equivalent of 1420, so they took the ACT score. Every point matters and that is why it is worth 1 Saturday in the spring or fall.

    Finally look into when you will be eligible for NHS, and start to get that under your belt. NHS students typically have to do volunteer hours, so if the school has a "volunteer" program than start volunteering now. At our kids school NHS has selected that their program is Habitat for Humanity, all students in NHS were required to volunteer at least 24 hrs a yr. If you know the program you can start volunteering and by the time you are in NHS you will already have more experience in the program than other kids, making you a strong candidate for some leadership position within NHS. Basically, you are killing 2 birds with 1 stone...EC, and leadership because you were proactive at an early start.

    Good luck
  4. TSalvitti

    TSalvitti 5-Year Member

    Jan 5, 2012
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    Thanks for the feedback,
    My school offers NHS for juniors and seniors. At student council, we're working on setting up our house building for Habitats for Humanity. For volunteering, I probably have about 30-50 hours at the moment.

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