West Point goes “test flexible”

DeepWaters

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Received an email today reflecting this “test flexible” policy. Two important caveats. One, if you can’t take the SAT or ACT due to the pandemic, you must document efforts. Two, the PSAT will need to be submitted in its stead.
 

Capt MJ

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I may have missed it but how do they want us to "document" efforts to take them?
This is a good opportunity to use your future junior officer skill set to think through the problem and come up with data points that show your sustained efforts to take the tests. “Documenting” actually involves documents.

If you start pulling this together, you will be prepared in case a format or form comes out.

- Build a timeline of your actions (registered for test this date, received email on a later date of cancellation, the full list of your actions and results in pursuit of this goal, bullet format)
- Copies of emails or letters informing you of closures and cancellations
- Screenshots of similar nature website updates or notifications
- Any other obstacles such as inability to travel due to personal circumstances, etc.
 

usmagirl118

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Question: I already took my SAT early and satisfied with what I have. So if 2 candidates with same/similar profiles but only 1 having a score. Will the candidate having a score be looked more favorably by admissions again assuming other parts of the application are same/similar? I get the part that there are other factors at play such as districts etc etc etc before an appointment is given.
 
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Soldiergriz

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Question: I already took my SAT early and satisfied with what I have. So if 2 candidates with same/similar profiles but only 1 having a score. Will the candidate having a score be looked more favorably by admissions again assuming other parts of the application are same/similar? I get the part that there are other factors at play such as districts etc etc etc before an appointment is given.
I cannot imagine a candidate with exceptional tests scores would not have an advantage all else being equal.

I would still be fighting for opportunity to test...
 

DeepWaters

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I agree with the above posters. An objective test is the best prism by which to judge academic potential as well as our GPAs and class rank for the thousands of schools across the country. I also think that "proving" your absence of SAT/ACT case may be more difficult than one might think. So maybe you've had the last 3 exams cancelled, like for me. There are at least 3 more opportunities this year. Also, there are other states that are less likely to cancel. Some are 9 hours away. For some of us, the travel expenses will be prohibitive. For others, our parents won't let us leave the state due to Covid. The variations of each individual case is mind boggling. I would not want to be in the position of having to document all of this, and I also see how difficult it might be for the WP Admissions folks to sort through all of this.

As the above poster wisely suggests, fight for that opportunity to test.

Good luck!
 
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