What scores are needed to be deemed academically qualified for USMA?

jllera1

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Hello,
Does anyone know what minimum scores are needed for Math/English on SAT and/or scores for ACT to be deemed qualified academically for USMA? My DD has gotten everything done, but still hasn't received the 3Q letter...Thanks!
 

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You never know. The higher the better I would think but my DD just received her appointment and scored a 1200 on her SAT. She did have a 4.06 weighted GPA but I felt the 1200 was low. So admissions can always surprise you!
 

jllera1

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Just 25 on ACT? My DD is above that and still no 3Q letter. How about SAT? She had Congressional Nomination, good CFA scores and past Dodmerbs already. Oodles of leadership and, not sure if it helps, considered double minority. Her RC just keeps telling her to take SAT, which she did in January, and ACT is scheduled for Feb. 11th.
 

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You never know. The higher the better I would think but my DD just received her appointment and scored a 1200 on her SAT. She did have a 4.06 weighted GPA but I felt the 1200 was low. So admissions can always surprise you!
Wow, that is awesome. My DD gpa is only 3.6, as her freshman year was not up to par. For the past 2 yrs she has only gotten A's and B's and either Honors or AP classes. Her SAT is at 1190, but it was her 1st attempt. She just retook it last month and we are hopeful it increased. What does your DD ACT look like? Did she get a 3Q letter 1st or just a straight appointment? Is she a recruited athlete? Sorry so many questions. Thank you
 

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For some reason I thought 26 was the minimum score for ACT subjects. I thought that was in the online admissions information last year. But looking into it a bit, I don't think there is a minimum score. The low 25% of those admitted averaged a 27 on the ACT though. Bet not many non-athletes got lower than that.
 
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Everyone doesn't get the letter. At this point, they are so busy reviewing files for admissions that I'd be surprised if they cared at all about sending "the letter."
 

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The scholastic Q includes a lot more then just your ACT/SAT score. No one here can tell you the exact formula used by any of the SA's to make that determination.
 

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Also, if you really want to know about your qualification status, I would suggest emailing your RC. They are very helpful and can tell you if you are 3Q. Mine did, even though I did not receive a letter on my portal.
 

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Wow, that is awesome. My DD gpa is only 3.6, as her freshman year was not up to par. For the past 2 yrs she has only gotten A's and B's and either Honors or AP classes. Her SAT is at 1190, but it was her 1st attempt. She just retook it last month and we are hopeful it increased. What does your DD ACT look like? Did she get a 3Q letter 1st or just a straight appointment? Is she a recruited athlete? Sorry so many questions. Thank you
Yes, DD took the ACT first but since she's not a fast reader she tried the new SAT. She scored really low and finally stopped at the 1200. Her ACT score was a 28 math and 25 reading. The SAT she had a 630 math and 570 reading. She just is not a great test taker so I was very shocked when she received her appointment on the first round. I thought she would get prep school first. Not a recruited athlete but plays two varsity sports, lettered in both and she went to Girls State. She's also Student Body President. I think everything piled together is what helped her since they look at the whole person.
 

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There are too many other factors that go into the process. They do not publish minimums, but you can see the distribution of scores in the profile. They also review your school profile as part of the process.

How competitive you are depends on who you are competing with each year. You MOC's slate may not be very strong this year and your DD's stats may have him at the top of the list, while in another year he may be at the bottom of the MOCs list. There are too many variables in play to make any assumptions. Little Johnny could get in with a 1200 while others may need a 1500 to be competitive on their slate.

The best advice is to email your RC and ask the questions like others have posted. They will usually give you a pretty good idea where your DD sits this year.
 

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Wow, that is awesome. My DD gpa is only 3.6, as her freshman year was not up to par. For the past 2 yrs she has only gotten A's and B's and either Honors or AP classes. Her SAT is at 1190, but it was her 1st attempt. She just retook it last month and we are hopeful it increased. What does your DD ACT look like? Did she get a 3Q letter 1st or just a straight appointment? Is she a recruited athlete? Sorry so many questions. Thank you
One other thing, she had no correspondence indicating she would receive an appointment. No 3Q letter or anything. And her RC told her that he strongly suggests she raise her SAT scores. She took the test again in Jan. and we don't even have the results for those yet.
 

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I would shoot for 30s on ACT. Most of my NASS detailers told me that across the board if you were in the 30s you were "pretty much golden". Study hard and it'll pay off! I received my Appointment in December (33 on ACT) and I hope you DD receives that appointment!
 

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I would shoot for 1600/36. Those are the kids you are competing against. Never worry about the minimums.
 
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The scholastic Q includes a lot more then just your ACT/SAT score. No one here can tell you the exact formula used by any of the SA's to make that determination.
Someone's posted it before.

(9.43 x ACTM) + (4.62 x ACTE) + (0.45 x ACTS) + (4.01 x ACTR) - 41.5 = 50% of academic score

Class rank is the other 50% of academic score(which is out of 800)

If academic score is under 520 you are not academically qualified

If ACTE <23 ACTM <24 ACTR <24 or ACTS <23 you are not academically qualified.

Old data so it might not be 100% accurate today.
 
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jllera1

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Everyone doesn't get the letter. At this point, they are so busy reviewing files for admissions that I'd be surprised if they cared at all about sending "the letter."
But would they put it in her portal? It's not there either...
 
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