Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Swimmer14, Jul 12, 2017.
Are my scores competative?
Math seems good, as many on the forum will tell you, you should honestly keep trying until you have 800/800. However, for the class of 2020, the 50% was 600-730 for english and 620-720 for math. They are average scores according to this, but there is much more to an application than just SAT/ACT.
They are competitive. In fact they're better than my son's were. He's now a youngster and on his youngster cruise. That said, if you don't think that's the best you can do, keep trying and working to improve them. But keep in mind, your package is more than your SAT scores, as my son can attest. So optimize everything.
You should also take ACT. I don't know what the difference is, but some people do better on ACT than SAT (and vice versa). In either case, it can't hurt. Your scores are good (far better than mine were!), but anything short of 800/800 (or 36/36) is leaving cards on the table.
I'm guessing these were from the June test as I also took them. Depending on what test you took, a 730 might've only been 4 wrong. Try ordering the Q&AS and figuring a weak spot in your score to improve on. Khan Academy does a great job of this. I jumped 120 points just by using that site. Remember that although SAT scores are important, it is just one portion. Focus on improving in school and challenging yourself. The entire process teaches you a lot and try to enjoy the journey of constant stress!!
You are talking about perfect scores, are you not? A 1600 on the SAT and 36 on the ACT are as high as you can get. How many folks are getting these scores? My son is at the academy now, going through plebe summer, and his scores were very good, but not close to perfect. As noted, there are a lot of factors involved.
This post is just saying that you have room to improve until you get perfect scores and should try to achieve the most that you can. i.e. Keep trying until you get as close to perfect as you can.
Of course -- I suspect there are very few Candidates with perfect scores, and perfect scores aren't a guarantee of Admission (but certainly would get attention!). I've seen one in about 15 years, and he was a pretty well rounded candidate to star with. My point was that OP's scores were very good, but if there were two otherwise identical candidates, the one with the 800/800 (1600) would get admitted.
I am not suggesting that anyone take SAT/ACT's until they get a perfect score ....for most, that is an exercise in futility. Statistically, it is my understanding that most test takers don't deviate that far from their initial scores unless they do something different like test prep, etc. On the other hand, taking the tests at least twice can't hurt-- the first time you do anything, nerves and newness play a factor. I can imagine going in with a 730/620 , good scores so you have nothing to lose, makes the next test alot easier.
Finally , as noted above, I always encourage both SAT and ACT. I don't recall the whats or whys, but they are different tests , and some people do better on one than the other.
Most good test prep centers will provide students with proctored practice exams ( SAT and ACT). My advice would be to try and take the proctored practice exams prior to taking it again... that way you will feel very comfortable with the subsequent exams.
Fair enough. Thanks for the explanation.
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