When to send ACT/SAT scores to ROTC programs?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by CHS11111, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. CHS11111

    CHS11111 Member

    Apr 14, 2012
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    I have done a search on this but can't seem to find an answer, so I am sorry if I am being redundant. My son is a Junior is looking at NROTC/also Marine Option, AFROTC and also 4 of the academies. He has taken the ACT test 2x -freshman & sophomore years and his scores were not superb (24 his soph year) even though he is a 4.0 student and has done very well on other standardized tests (ITBS) over the years. He is due to take the ACT again in Feb. and the SAT in March -- I know that spring is the time when he can start applying to different ROTC programs and also academies. Should we have his test scores be sent directly to these programs right now -- or do people usually wait to see what the scores are before sending? I am just unsure of how it is done and is it expensive to send scores to multiple colleges/programs after the test is taken. I am hoping his scores come up considerably because I know a 24 is not nearly good enough - but maybe with another year of classes under his belt this will come up. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me on this.
  2. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

    Dec 13, 2010
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    I am sure you will get dozens of messages with specific details but I wanted to pass on a few comments/ thoughts.

    1. The applications open up in the spring of Junior year but I don't think boards meet until early fall. In other words, start the application and work through the summer. Have it done in September of Senior year.

    2. Some services superscore (take the best score from any test section and combine into a "superscore) and others do not. So taking multiple times can help pull even a low individual score up a bit.

    3. I would think your son could take the test 2-3 times between now and September if he wished. Costly? Perhaps. But relative to the goal of a scholarship it may be worthwhile (every family situation is different)

    4. Getting a higher ACT score opens doors beyond ROTC scholarships. It presents lots more opportunities at a greater number of colleges/ universities also. So shooting for a higher ACT is a worthwhile goal regardless.

    Good luck!

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