So for the, "reporting senior's average" the selection board sets a standard for each category in order to level the playing field? I.e. professional expertise,(if a person's overall GPA is a 3.75-4.0 they get a 5; 3.25-3.75 (4) and so forth and they do that for each category?Aptitude has a significant impact on competitiveness for advanced standing or scholarship selection, along with class ranking, GPA, and CO's recommendation, and grades in/completion of Calc and Phys. One's aptitude score is computed using the standard Navy officer's Fitness Report, where you are evaluated in 6 categories: Professional expertise, command climate, military bearing/character, teamwork, mission accomplishment/initiative, and leadership. Lowest possible score in each category is a 1, highest is a 5, with 3 being average/meeting the standard. Your aptitude score for a semester is the average of your scores in those 6 categories on your FitRep. Your cumulative aptitude score is the average of the aptitude scores you've received for all completed semesters since you entered the program. For the boards in summer 2016, the average aptitude for a student selected for advanced standing was 3.67. Keep in mind, each unit CO will vary in how they evaluate midshipmen, so the boards compute something of a "reporting senior's average" for each CO/unit to use when they look at cumulative aptitude scores of applicants in order to level the playing field across units.