SAT / ACT Test scores

Ravens

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I know that the Academies require the candidate to perform the writing portion on these test. My question is, is it required to complete the writing portion of the test each time one takes the SAT? If the candidate has already submitted a SAT score with the writing portion, will the Academies accept scores from a test with just the first two sections in their super scoring system.
 

Ex.BT.USN

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That is a good question. My DD was reminded by her BGO that she needs the written for each test for the Academy to accept the results.
 

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USNA does SuperScore for the Math/English sections (and don't track the other 2) so if Writing is handled the same way and depending on what your Writing scores were first time through.......
 

usnabgo08

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Here is my advice....take every component of the SAT and ACT as if USNA cared about them. You never know if you'll send your scores to another organization that might care about all of the scores. Your MOC (nominations) and other colleges might look at each component to make their decisions....wouldn't want to slack off just because USNA only cares about Reading (English)/Math.
 

TNElvis

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So to make sure I'm clear. The SA's will not consider your ACT scores if you do not take the optional writing? Is this policy the same for all of the SA's? My DS has been taking the ACT since Dec of his sophomore year. He has taken the test once with the writing, and twice without. This previous June test he scored very well and is anxiously waiting for the time he is able to open a preliminary application. He did not take the writing during his June ACT. Will his scores be considered? He is signed up for the Sept. exam with writing but would hate for him not to be able to use his June scores if he were not to do as well in September. I must have been misinformed but thought only the USMA required the optional writing to be submitted. Thanks for any clarification.
 
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usnabgo08

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The optional sections of the SAT and ACT are that...optional and NOT required for USNA Admissions. SAT has a reading and writing section that is part of the standard test. The only optional portion of the SAT is the essay portion....which is not required for USNA. The ACT has an English, Math, Reading and Science section as part of the standard test.

Initial post should of said to do well on all required components of the standard SAT/ACT.
 

Ravens

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The optional sections of the SAT and ACT are that...optional and NOT required for USNA Admissions. SAT has a reading and writing section that is part of the standard test. The only optional portion of the SAT is the essay portion....which is not required for USNA. The ACT has an English, Math, Reading and Science section as part of the standard test.

Initial post should of said to do well on all required components of the standard SAT/ACT.

Thank you for the clarification as well. Sorry my initial post wasn't 100% clear.
 

falconchic88

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You do not have to take the optional essay portion of the test every time. All mine took the optional essay portion only the first time. The Academy still considered the scores from their subsequent tests.

Just an FYI for those that don't realize this, if you do not take the optional essay on the SAT, you will have to take a 5th section of the test. All practice tests only have 4 sections. The College board has not made it clear if the entire 5th section is "experimental questions" or if the "experimental questions" are spread throughout the test for those not taking the optional essay portion. So just be prepared and put just as much effort in to 5th section as the rest of the test. My DS was surprised last Saturday when he thought he was done, only to have a 5th section.
 
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