I have four kiddos and three of them have worked through the online Princeton Review SAT/ACT programs (I think any of the competing platforms work just as well). They're not cheap, but doable. They went from the mid-1300s to 1540 and 1500 in nine months. We did not use the premium/platinum online packages. The books will also help you. The bottom line...it comes down to disciplining yourself now. Carpe diem!Hi! I am very new to this forum, as I am a class of 2026 hopeful, so I apologize if there is already a thread on this subject. I have a question regarding my SAT and ACT scores. I have taken the SAT twice and I am about to take the ACT again next month. I feel like I have done my best and scored pretty well, however now that I am looking through this forum and seeing everyone else's scores, I am not so sure anymore. I am above the minimum scores, but not by much. So, how important are these scores? What is the range of scores I should shoot for? And, how/what do I study, especially for the ACT, to get higher scores?
When my ds was struggling with a place to take the CFA, one of his friend's moms was like, I don't care how far someone ______(field ds is interested in) can throw a ball.So true, all because of one multiple-choice test. I only had one chance to take it last year in my area and it was canceled from March through February for me. Did not do the best on the first test, but everything else is perfect. Plan B is in place, but either way, I will be coming back if I don't get an appointment. My definite purpose is to attend USAFA and I will not be denied!!
That is what isn’t taught anymore. My son always had the top grade in English every year. And his skills weren’t what a high school graduate should have had.Go over your wrong answers from a practice exam. If I had to do over, I would tell my ds to order an advanced grammar book becauae those were the questions he missed.
What do you mean by test flexible? As in they'll accept PSATs for the PCQ or they'll be more lenient with the overall test score.I attended an event yesterday for the SAs... I asked them if the Class of 2026, will be Test-Flexible, they said yes. Due to COVID-19, the process is the same for 2026, as for 2025.
I would refer you to USNA's decision on Test Flexible. Essentially, SAT/ACT scores are still required, but if your exams have been canceled, they will let you submit proof of such instead.What do you mean by test flexible? As in they'll accept PSATs for the PCQ or they'll be more lenient with the overall test score.
The following correspondence from U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions Bruce Latta has been provided to all Class of 2025 candidates and prospective candidates:
At the United States Naval Academy, we are aware of the barriers caused by COVID-19 and likewise the disruptions for students who plan to apply for admission. Therefore, for students applying for admission to the Class of 2025, the Office of Admissions will follow a “test flexible” policy, and we will review applications with or without standardized test scores. Students who have attempted and have not been able to take college entrance examinations (i.e. SAT or ACT) due to cancellation, unavailability, other extenuating circumstance, or who have taken a test and are seeking an opportunity to retake will not be disqualified from consideration. If you are seeking consideration for admission without college entrance examinations, we will ask you to provide supporting information concerning test availability, cancellation, etc. The USNA Admissions Board remains committed to a process which has proven to be a fair assessment of the “whole student”, where academic rigor, life experiences, unique circumstances, volunteer work, and leadership ability and attributes will continue to be evaluated.
Please note, we are extending our deadline for students to complete their applications from January 31, 2021 to February 28, 2021. Additionally, as you may have read in previous correspondences, we are fully aware that, with schools shifting to virtual learning, many students will have pass/fail grades in their courses on their transcripts for last spring semester and this fall semester. Equally important, many have been unable to participate in both non-athletic and athletic activities. In this case, we are asking students to include those activities that they would have participated in during the spring semester as well as senior year in their application and to make comments as to how COVID-19 has impacted participation. Our Admissions Board is made up of faculty and staff who have many years of experience working with students in a variety of capacities, and who are trained to evaluate student records and demonstrated drive and commitment, even in unprecedented times.
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Thanks to schools using Zoom I'm taking a foreign language class. An issue we have repeatedly is the teacher has to explain the English grammatical terms he uses to identify things in the other language.That is what isn’t taught anymore. My son always had the top grade in English every year. And his skills weren’t what a high school graduate should have had.
To be fair - my son’s writing at USNA has vastly improved. If I could have done it all over again, I’d have enrolled him in a few college English classes.
Agreed. Very high scores on the PSAT also make you eligible to be a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship as well; so don't waste that opportunity.Also keep in mind that strong SAT scores can open up lots of doors on Plan Bs. DS is still waiting on USNA decision, but will be going to Plan B for free by increasing his SAT score significantly (through Merit and other scholarships). I have read plenty of others on SAF that also have Ivy League and other strong schools as Plan B, so any prep is a worthwhile investment of your time! Strong SAT, and all the other activities that make him competitive for USNA, made his resume very strong for program scholarships of approximately $16K.