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.
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.
Two separate RC's at WP emphasized to my son (USMA 2020Class) the importance of the CFA, along with his ACT scores; encouraging him to work hard for as high scores as he could achieve. They both explained that a high CFA score, and better yet a perfect CFA score, can add to the WCS, and distinguish a candidate. He was also told to increase his ACT to a 31 or higher. He moved his ACT scores significantly, with 34's in Math and Science, 31 in English, and 30 in Reading; all while working on his CFA exercises, maintaining his grades, playing a varsity sport during fall, winter and spring seasons, and working a part time job, among other responsibilities. My son is neither an academic or athletic superstar. Just a kid who was motivated. Eventually he earned appointment offers to USMA, USNA, and USAFA.
Any kid who really wants an academy spot should have the mental disposition which motivates that kid to drive towards excellence. The application process and formulas are designed to identify those kids. They want well rounded excellence. Very few human beings are born with natural gifts which would make these academy appointments easy. It should and does require discipline and hard work; commitment. Why would anyone think 10% of the total points, or even 2% wouldn't be a BIG deal; particularly when so many spots are decided by far less than that?