I took a mock CFA recently and I was hoping to get some feedback and compare my score between other applicants for the class of 2022.
Basketball throw: 65 ft.
Pull ups: 18
Athletic participation is not included in the 10% fitness score. Only the CFA is scored for that. Athletic participation is included in the leadership score.Not to disagree with others opinions. At SLE I was disappointed in my scores. I was recovering from an upper respiratory infection and had all intentions to retake the test. I was told by 2 different admissions people and my cadre if you score "NO RISK" do not take it again. It is strictly a pass/fail. The CFA combined with athletic participation make up the 10% of your score.
There seems to be this misconception on these boards that working on the CFA means you must sacrifice something on the ACT/SAT. There is no argument that the CFA is as important as the ACT/SAT. It isnt at all. Indeed, the ACT/SAT scores are the most important factor. That fact notwithstanding, all academy candidates should do push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups every day, and push themselves. That takes only a few minutes. Then run every other day, trying to beat your personal best each time. Work on the other exercises on the weekend a bit. This does not require that you spend even one minute less studying for the ACT. No kid studies ten hours every day for the ACT, and if they are doing so for several months there is probably a problem. If a kid cant manage his/her time, or find the discipline to study and work out to get good scores both on the ACT/SAT and the CFA, when that kid can see they are both scored elements for admission, that kid shouldn't be applying to West Point in the first place. Likewise, if someone is happy with a "minimally qualifying score" on any of the components of a service academy admissions formula, save the the time and space, because the academies are about leadership and character, and leaders don't do just the minimum needed to get by.Very few cadets are separated West Point due to physical fitness. Most separations are due to academics. Therefore, admissions is more focused on ensuring that the candidate can handle the academics. If they meet a minimum fitness level, then they can probably train the cadet to meet and exceed the fitness standard. Getting extra points on your ACT is worth much more overall then doing a few more pull-ups. Also, there is cheating going on with the CFA, so admissions does not want to make a final decision on scores that may be "inflated".
If someone is a "walks on water" candidate, and has everything but a great CFA, then sure; just get that minimum passing CFA, and you are probably solid. But most candidates don't fall into that category, and indeed are competing for a spot against others who are within the same range of competitiveness.Candidates always go on here and ask if there CFA scores are high enough and my point is that the CFA is the least of your worries. If USMA really wants you then will bend over backwards to get you to pass the CFA by granting re-tests. I have seen re-tests after the supposed deadline date and yes, I have even seen candidates afforded appointments with a failure in one of the events. Candidates think that since they have this super CFA score is going to somehow make up for deficiencies elsewhere in the file. In truth a score near all the averages is just as good in the eyes of admissions as a maximum score.