Is this a terrible idea for SLE + ACT + NASS?

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by hopeful2023, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. hopeful2023

    hopeful2023 Member

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    I have been accepted to the first SLE session June 2-8 as well as the second NASS session June 9-14. I am planning on driving from West Point to Annapolis on the 8th and staying in a hotel. Here is the crazy question, do you all think it would be too much to try and take the ACT the morning of June 9th in Annapolis?
    I really want to get my ACT superscore up and need to take it as many times as possible but I worry that I may not be as well prepared as I should be given the week of SLE before and the week of NASS right after. I just don't know how tired I may be and whether this is a really bad idea. I would appreciate any input and thoughts especially from anyone that may have done both sessions. Thanks.
     
  2. davejean90

    davejean90 Member

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    My vote is bad idea. Just retaking the test multiple times without intense study, and a good test taking environment, is not usually a path to success. Study hard this summer and hit the September test hard.
     
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  3. Love4monsters

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    There is a July test date this year.
     
  4. MoSwimmer66

    MoSwimmer66 Born to Row

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    I agree with poster above. You will be exhausted after SLE - let alone - taking on NASS the following week. Too many balls in the air - the ACT needs to get dropped and pushed to Sept.
     
  5. jl123

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    Take the test as long as it does not interfere with reporting to NASS. It may or may not help you, but it won't hurt you. You will be exhausted after SLE and might think it is a good idea to get some rest - get your butt out of bed and take the test.

    Picked up DS on a Friday at the end of SLE. He begged me to let him sleep in and skip the ACT the next day with all the usual excuses - too tired to do well, can take it later, haven't studied for it, etc. Told him sorry we paid for it, you can sleep later.

    Score from that test was his highest of all ACT tests, including the one he took the next fall after a summer of study. Maybe the test was easier for him or maybe he was so tired that he was relaxed and not nervous.

    Standardized test scores have an element of randomness. The more tests you take, the greater chance that you will get a test or section of a test that just seems easier for you. Although the they all test the same material, they do not contain the same questions.

    P.S. If you're going to be in the military, get used to functioning while you are exhausted.
     
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  6. MJ2020

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    And you are driving 6hours from WP to Annapolis, too! You don’t have to do that to your self. Few more test are coming. My DS only took P-sat and Act so far.
     
  7. hopeful2023

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    Thanks for the feedback. JL123 is encouraging that DS tested well. However, I am thinking it is a bad idea. I would leave SLE on the 8th, drive to Annapolis, stay in a hotel, take the ACT the morning of the 9th in some random location, then head straight to NASS for the week. I hate to be a wimp but I think I would probably not give the ACT my best and then I'd probably also be less than ready for NASS. I just better crush the April test and then July. Thanks for the input.
     
  8. MechEmaj22

    MechEmaj22 Member

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    I was in a similar boat last year. I had SLE and then NASS a few days after, and right after NASS, I had the ACT. I was exhausted and couldn't even finish all of the sections. I still ended up with a decent score and didn't need to retake, but I would have done better if I were more rested. If there is a July date, I suggest you take it.
     
  9. SA2023

    SA2023 USMA 2023

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    I am in the exact situation and I plan on taking the ACT the morning of NASS in Annapolis. While it will be a lot, I think you should go for it.
     
  10. momto2girls

    momto2girls New Member

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    Personally I think the worst part of the idea is driving through New Jersey on a Friday.
    I don’t know when you get out of SLE, but if it’s after 2pm that puts you in nj at 3, so...pack your patience as it will most probably will be a slow go all the way through the state (shore traffic).
     
  11. jebdad

    jebdad 5-Year Member

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    I agree with jl123. My mantra with the standardized tests is take it early and often. I don't see what the downside to taking the test is. If you don't improve a super score, don't sent the test score. jl123 also makes a good point about the randomness of the ACT.

    You have nothing to lose and the possibility to gain quite a bit. If your only concern is being tired, well, then.... not sure if you are going to like WP or USNA.