Questions Concerning Admissions

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  1. hockeygirl

    hockeygirl Member

    Dec 24, 2015
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    1. From my understanding USNA only looks at reading and math for ACT scores, I received a 30 composite (26 English, 29 Math, 29 Reading, 35 Science, 24 Writing). What do I need to do to make sure that my scores are representative of my abilities? Are there any resources that I can use to help improve my score before June 11th?

    2. Any recommendations for an interesting summer read?

    Thank you for all of your help.
  2. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 10-Year Member

    Jul 15, 2007
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    It's English and not reading.
  3. goforspaatz

    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

    Dec 16, 2015
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    To up your score, practice. Take a full-length, test-conditions practice test approximately every 2 weeks. Get a prep book from the library and work on it. I recommend "ACT 36 in just 7 steps" - it has great timing splits so you know how long you need to answer each question.

    Answering your second question:
    1. Papillon - a French convict and fugitive's multiple escape attempts and amazing survival stories in French Guiana
    2. It's Your Ship - great leadership story from D. Michael Abrashoff
    3. My American Journey - autobiography of Colin Powell
    4. On Call in Hell - a USN Battalion Surgeon working with the Marines in Fallujah
    5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - thought-provoking read by Susan Cain.
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  4. OHmom16

    OHmom16 Member

    Mar 8, 2016
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    Re math: know that most of the ACT is algebra and geometry and just a small percentage of trig. So if you've been studying calc for a couple years, you're may be removed enough from algebra and geometry that you're a bit rusty and a bit slower with those types of problems. Dust off your old texts and go over some old tests as well as practice ACT math problems (mostly algebra and geometry). It's the same conundrum parents have when we help kids with's been a while. Just practicing a lot of algebra and geometry problems (which you haven't been doing for a while) will help a lot. Good luck!
  5. murfthesurf

    murfthesurf Member

    Jun 28, 2015
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    1.) War of the World by Niall Ferguson - a panorama and moral analysis of the military-industrial slaughter of the 20th century that poses the big question: Why was it that “the hundred years after 1900 were without question the bloodiest century in modern history”? Ferguson answers his own question: “Three things seem to me necessary to explain the extreme violence of the 20th century. ... These may be summarized as ethnic conflict, economic volatility and empires in decline.”

    2.) The Passing of Armies: An Account of the Final Campaign of the Army of the Potomac by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain - "I fear, this war, so costly of blood and treasure, will not cease until men of the North are willing to leave good positions, and sacrifice the dearest personal interests, to rescue our country from desolation, and defend the national existence against treachery." to which he resigned his teaching position. His account of the surrender of the South at Appomattox is a real, first hand narrative that leaves the reader to wonder where did we get such men?

    You can find his Book on line for free. Here is an excerpt of the actual account of the physical surrender of men and arms that day as written by Joshua Chamberlain:

    “I was summoned to headquarters, where General Griffin informed me that I was to command the parade on the occasion of the formal surrender of the arms and colors of Lee’s army….Taking the assignment as I would any other, my feeling about it was more for the honor of the Fifth Corps and the Army of the Potomac than for myself.

    The dusky swarms forge forward into gray columns of march. On they come, with the old swinging route step and swaying battle-flags…The momentous meaning of this occasion impressed me deeply. I resolved to mark it by some token of recognition, which could be no other than a salute of arms…Before us in proud humiliation stood the embodiment of manhood: men whom neither toils and sufferings, nor the fact of death, nor disaster, nor hopelessness could bend from their resolve; standing before us now, thin, worn, and famished, but erect, and with eyes looking level into ours, waking memories that bound us together as no other bond…Instructions had been given and when the head of each division column comes opposite our group, our bugle sounds the signal and instantly our whole line from right to left, regiment by regiment in succession, gives the soldier’s salutation, from the “order arms” to the old “carry”—the marching salute.

    General Gordon at the head of the column, riding with heavy spirit and downcast face, catches the sound of shifting arms, looks up, and, taking the meaning, wheels superbly, making with himself and his horse one uplifted figure, with profound salutation as he drops the point of his sword to the boot toe; then facing to his own command, gives word for his successive brigades to pass us with the same position of the manual—honor answering honor.

    On our part not a sound of trumpet more, nor roll of drum; not a cheer, nor word nor whisper…but an awed stillness rather, and breath-holding, as if it were the passing of the dead!…They fix bayonets, stack arms; then, hesitatingly, remove cartridge-boxes and lay them down. Lastly—reluctantly, with agony of expression—they tenderly fold their flags, battle-worn and torn, blood-stained, heart-holding colors, and lay them down…"
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  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    Hated "It's Your Ship."
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  7. SCMids

    SCMids Member

    Jan 14, 2016
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    Joshua Chamberlain - one of the great unsung heroes in American history!

    The Admirals -- the stories of the WW2 5-stars. Very nice emphasis on the role Annapolis played for each. Should be required reading at the Academy.
  8. Brawny77

    Brawny77 Member

    Jun 9, 2015
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    There is a website that offers free prep for SAT and ACT. It is a good resource but I would not rely solely on it.

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