Trends in Admission Variables through the Class of 1989,
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH
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The United States Military Academy uses the Whole Candidate concept in the selection of candidates for admission. This concept encompasses three broad areas academics, leadership potential, and physical condition and aptitude. This report compares the pre-USMA performance of members of the Class of 1989 with previous classes in these three areas. The academic qualifications of cadets place them in the top 10-15 of college bound high school seniors. The Scholastic Aptitude Test SAT scores for the Class of 1989 have recovered to equal the Class of 1980 for SAT-Math scores while the SAT-Verbal score is the highest over the previous nine years. For all college-bound high school seniors, the national average for SAT-Math is the highest over the previous nine years, while the SAT-Verbal score is the second highest over a ten year period. The Physical Aptitude Exam scores of male cadets have increased steadily over the past four years after a period of stability, while the scores of female cadets have increased by thirteen points over the Class of 1988 to a four year high of 533. Trend comparisons of the Leadership Potential Score for the Class of 1989 show an increase over the Class of 1988.
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