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SUPPLEMENTAL PAMPHLET

Changes in regulations governing the qualifications for admission of candidates to the United States Military Academy have made it necessary to publish this supplemental pamphlet.

A careful study of the matter herein, in conjunction with the regular pamphlet of Information relative to the Appointment and Admission of Cadets to the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., edition 1929, is essential for those who desire a complete and correct knowledge of the existing regulations governing admission. GENERAL STATEMENT OF NATURE OF CHANGES IN THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING

ADMISSION The essential changes in the regulations governing admission to the United States Military Academy involve the following:

1st. For all candidates desiring to qualify for admission by certificate: A requirement of 15 units instead of 14 as previously,

2d. For certificate qualification: Recognition by the War Department of certain additional subjects as acceptable. (See par. 24 below.)

3d. For certain classes of candidates desiring to qualify for admission by certificate: A requirement of validating examinations in Algebra, Geometry, and English, to be taken at the same time and place as the regular entrance examinations. (See par. 23 below.)

These important changes necessitate the following alterations in the 1929 edition of the pamphlet Information relative to the Appointment and Admission of Cadets to the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y. (References are to the numbered paragraphs in said pamphlet.)

Paragraph 3: After the word certificates" in line 7 insert the following: “With validating examination, or in certain special cases by certificate without mental examination.". (See pars. 23 and 23a as revised below.)

Paragraph 9: For “14 units” read “15 units”; and also, see paragraphs 23 and 24 as revised below. Paragraph 13: Cancel the whole paragraph, and substitute the following:

There are three methods of meeting the educational requirements for admission to the Military Academy, viz, by successfully passing the regular entrance examination, by submitting a satisfactory educational certificate to be validated by special examination, or by submitting an educational certificate which does not need a validating examination. (See pars. 23 and

24 as revised below.) Paragraph 14: Cancel the whole paragraph, and substitute the following:

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, WHEN HELD 14. The regular Military Academy entrance examination and the examination for validating certain classes of certificates are held beginning on the first Tuesday in March each year. Each candidate (unless appointed from the Regular Army) designated to take one of these examinations will receive from the War Department a letter of appointment, and he must appear for examination at the time and place designated therein, before a board of Army officers convened by the War Department. Enlisted men appointed from the Regular Army receive authority from their respective corps area or department commanders to report for examination, and must report at the time and place specified. No other regular mental examination is held during the year and failure to appear at this time, unless prevented by sickness or other unavoidable causes, will vacate the appointment.

A second validating examination is held on June 25 at West Point, N. Y., but it is only for emergency vacancies which remain or occur after the March examination. Candidates appointed to such emergency vacancies must qualify by certificate or by certificate supplemented by the validating examination mentioned above. 59864°—29

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Candidates in the Philippine Islands selected for appointment shall, unless otherwise notified by the War Department, appear for mental and physical examination on the second Tuesday in January of each year before à board of Army officers to be convened at such places in the Philippine Islands as the commanding general of the Philippine Department may

designate. Paragraph 16: To the printed schedule for the regular examination add the following:

VALIDATING EXAMINATION" First day.-Report and instructions, 9 a. m. to 11 a. m., 2 hours. English grammar, composition, and literature, part 1 (English grammar and composition), 2 p. m. to 3 p. m., 1 hour.

Second day.--Algebra, 9.30 a. m. to 12.30 p. m., 3 hours. English grammar, composition, and literature, part 2 (composition and literature), 3 p. m. to 5 p. m., 2 hours.

Third day.-Geometry, 9.30 a. m. to 12.30 p. m., 3 hours.

(For a more complete description of the examination and for sample questions see par. 23 below.). Paragraph 17: Cancel the whole paragraph and substitute the following:

ADMISSION BY REGULAR MENTAL EXAMINATION 17. All candidates take the regular mental examination who can not qualify under paragraph 23 or paragraph 23a below.

Inasmuch as candidates from the United States at large, the Regular Army, and the National Guard are appointed to vacancies in the order of merit competitively established as a result of the regular mental entrance examination, such candidates are not permitted to submit educational certificates in lieu of that examination, and therefore can not qualify under paragraph 23 or paragraph

23a below. Paragraph 23. Cancel the whole paragraph and substitute the following:

ADMISSION BY CERTIFICATE AND VALIDATING EXAMINATION 23. The academic board will consider and may accept in lieu of the regular mental entrance examination a certificate (for lists of subjects and weights on certificates see par. 24) with validating examination in the following cases:

(1) A properly attested certificate (Form II) that the candidate has graduated from a preparatory school or public high school accredited by the United States Military Academy provided that in his school work he has shown proficiency in subjects amounting to not less than 15 units of the list given below in paragraph 24.

Of the 15 units, 2 must be in algebra, 1 in plane geometry, 14 in English grammar and composition, 14 in English literature, and 2 in history. The remaining 7 units may be chosen from the list of optional subjects but can not include commercial or other subjects not included in the list.

If a scrutiny of the certificate submitted shows evidence of low grades or of graduation at an irregular date, the certificate will be rejected.

(2) A properly attested certificate (Form II) that the candidate is in actual attendance in his senior year at a preparatory school or public high school accredited by the United States Military Academy and has satisfactorily completed three and one half years' work at such school provided that the certificate shows specifically by subjects and units the work already completed and also that to be completed by graduation and provided that the course the candidate is pursuing will when completed show proficiency in subjects amounting to not less than 15 units of the list given below and the certificate includes a statement to that effect.

Of the 15 units, 2 must be in algebra, 1 in plane geometry, 14 in English grammar and composition, 1% in English literature, and 2 in history. The remaining 7 units may be chosen from the list of' optional subjects given hereafter but can not include commercial or other subjects not included in the list.

If a scrutiny of the certificate submitted shows low grades, the certificate will be rejected.

A candidate submitting a certificate showing actual attendance at and prospective graduation from a preparatory or public high school must as à condition of admission continue his course of study and submit his diploma or other formal evidence of graduation at the time of entrance to the United States Military Academy. Failure to submit such evidence of graduation will disqualify the candidate for entrance.

(3) A properly attested certificate (Form II) of a candidate accredited as an "honor school" appointee, who has not been graded in academic work in the upper 10 per cent of his class, showing specifically by subjects and units the work already completed and also that to be completed by graduation, provided that the course the candidate is pursuing will when completed show proficiency in subjects amounting to not less than 15 units of the list given below, and that the certificate includes a statement to that effect.

Of the 15 units, 2 must be in algebra, 1 in plane geometry, 1/2 in English grammer and composition, 142 in English literature, and 2 in history. The remaining 7 units may be chosen from the list of optional subjects given hereafter, but can not include commercial or other subjects not included in the list.

If a scrutiny of the certificate submitted shows low grades, the certificate will be rejected.

A candidate whose certificate (Form II) has been rejected must take the regular mental entrance examination. An appointee whose certificate has been accepted subject to a validating xamination must show by this examination that he has acquired during his preparatory school work a knowledge of algebra, plane geometry, and English grammer, composition and literature similar to that described in the preceding baragraphs for appointees who enter by the regular mental examination. Howver, the validating examination will not be as searching as the regular examination, but will be so framed as to determine general knowledge of the subjects without requiring special courses of study in preparation.

The following sets of questions are given as examples:

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VALIDATING EXAMINATION IN ALGEBRA No. Wt.

Time: 3 hours. 1 10 Simplify 4a-[3a-{2a-(-6)}+56]

10 Separate into linear factors: 8-221--21. 3 10 (a) Solve graphically I+2y=5

3x-8y=24 (6) Solve the same equations analytically. Why do you not get the same answers? Which

answers are better? 10 Simplify (1+v-2)-(1-7-2)3 10 Given 3(a}+02-4a3+03) (01-05)+(23-262)2. Perform the indicated operations and sim

plify the result. 10 If A gives B $10, B will have three times as much money as A. If B gives A $10, A will have

twice as much money as B. How much has each? 10 Find the value of m for which the two roots of (3m+1)x2+(2m+2)x+m=0 are equal and find

these equal roots. 10 If the length and breadth of a rectangle were each increased 1 foot, the area would be 48 square

feet; if the length and breadth were each diminished 1 foot, the area would be 24 square feet.

Find the length and breadth of the rectangle. 10 A line is divided into two parts in the ratio of 2 to 3 and into two parts in the ratio of 3 to 4;

the distance between the points of section is 2. Find the length of the line. 10

10 Define a geometrical progression.
Show that +
1,2

is a geometrical progression and find the sum of all its terms. 2 3 9

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VALIDATING EXAMINATION IN PLANE GEOMETRY No. Wt.

Time: 3 hours. 1 10 Theorem: A line drawn through the mid-point of one side of a triangle parallel to the base and terminating in the opposite side, bisects the opposite side and is equal to one half the

base. 2 10 Theorem: The lines drawn from two opposite vertices of a parallelogram to the mid-points of

a pair of opposite sides trisect a diagonal of the parallelogram. 10 Theorem: Il two circles intersect, their common chord produced bisects their common tangent. 10 Problem: To find the locus of the vertices of triangles having a common base (AB) and their angles at the vertex equal to a given angle (45°). A

B

3

5

10 (a) Exercise: Find the area of an equilateral triangle one side of which is m feet.

(b) Theorem: The sum of the perpendiculars to the sides of an equilateral triangle from a point

P within the triangle is equal to the altitude of the triangle for all positions of the point P.

(Hint: The area of the given triangle equals the sum of the areas of 3 triangles.) 10 (a) Define similar triangles.

* Problem: In a given circle to inscribe a triangle similar to a given triangle.

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No. Wt. 7 10 Problem: To bisect the area of a given triangle by a line parallel to the base. (Hint: Lipe de 8 19 How many points are there in the plane of the three given lines that are equidistant from the

lines? Problem: To find two such points.

9 10 Exercise: The radius of a circle is 15 cm.; find the length of the arc subtended by a chord 35

in length. 10 10 (a) Inscribe a regular hexagon in a circle; then inscribe a regular dodecagon (or 12-sided palyga

(Give construction without proof.)
(b) Exercise: Prove that the area of the regular inscribed dodecagon is equal to three timest
square of the radius. (Hint: Use a side of the hexagon as the altitude of two small trians
of the dodecagon.)

VALIDATING EXAMINATION IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR, COMPOSITION, AND LITERATUI

PART I

ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION No. Wt.

Weight, 100

Time: 1 ho 1 10 Among the following words, some are misspelled. Write correctly the misspelled words in

blank spaces. (a) seperate.

(k) respectible... (6) atheletic.

(1) reconnaissance. (c) procede

(m) coinside. preceed..

(n) occidentel. wondrous

(o) blamable indissoluble.

(p) blameworthy. comotion..

b) desicate. intermitent.

() tyrany. dismissal.

(8) sergeant. permiting

(1) prefering.

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face."

No. Wt.
2 12 Punctuate and capitalize the following:
have you read willa

cathers new story death comes for the archbishop asked grace
no i havent i replied is it as interesting as her former novels
18 (a) Give synonyms for these words: deprive-copious-promise.

(6) Give antonyms for these words: assemble-friendship-bravery.
(c) Give simple words for these more elaborate ones: discourse-recompense-physiognomy.
(d) In the following sentences underline the word giving the correct meaning

(1) The shuffling walk of the man was his only (peculiarity characteristic-talent-ability

(2) Silas Marner's love of money made him very (egotistical-avaricious-peracious). 4 15 Check below those sentences which state the truth in regard to the following sentence:

"Raising and expending the billion and a half dollars necessary to support the public schad
of the United States is the largest financial problem that the communities have annually
(a) This is a compound sentence.
(0) This is a complex sentence.
(c) This is a simple sentence.
(d) This is a compound-complex sentence.
(e) This is a loose sentence.

This is a periodic sentence.
"Raising" and "expending" are participles.
"Raising" and "Expending" are infinitives.
"Raising" and "expending" are gerunds.
"Problem" is in the objective case.
"Necessary" is a conjunction.

* Face" is a noun.
(m) "Dollars" is the subject of the sentence.
(n) This sentence has a relative pronoun.

(0) This sentence has two coordinate conjunctions. 5 15 Some of the following sentences contain faulty constructions; others have grammatical erne

Rewrite each sentence putting it in the best form of which you are capable.
(a) The correspondence began just one month later which led to the surrender.
(6) The broker's business is a lucrative one but I should not want to be one of them.
(C) Send whomever will do the work.

(d) I feel badly, and I will not be able to keep the engagement.
6 30 Write an expository paragraph of about 75 words on any topic of your choice.

PART II

ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
Weight, 100

Time: 2 hours. 8 Name at least four of the great authors connected with the Romantic movement and a work of

each. 8 Name at least four of the great authors of the Victorian Age and a work of each. 12 In the spaces before the column at the right, place the number of the author who corresponds

from the list in the column at the left.
1. Kipling

Ben Hur.
2. Scott.

Ivanhoe. 3. Pope.

Tam O'Shanter. 4. Churchill.

The Light that Failed. 5. Poe.

The Raven, 6. Dickens.

My Last Duchess. 7. Keats.

Tale of Two Cities. 8. Shelley.

Il Penseroso. 9. Burns.

Ode on the Grecian Urn. 10. Milton.

She Stoops to Conquer. 11. Browning.

The Rape of the Lock.
12. Holmes.

Pilgrim's Progress.
13. Goldsmith.
14. Bunyan.

15. Wallace.
6 In the following sentences underline the word or words making the correct answer:

(a) The setting of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is in-Berkshire Hills, The Valley of the
Hudson River, Catskill Mountains, New Hampshire, Mississippi Valley.
(6) Becky sharp is a character in-The Rivals,

Mill on the Floss, Vanity Fair, The Old
Curiosity Shop, The Virginian.
(c) "How

far that little candle throws his beams: So shines a good deed on a naughty world" was spoken by-Falstaff, Portia, Micawber, Amelia, Tiny Tim.

(d) The earliest of these writers was Kipling, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Pope, Tennyson, Keats.

(C) Tennyson wrote-Old Ironsides, Tam O'Shanter, Eve of St. Agnes, Idylls of the King, My Last Duchess.

The name of Boswell is associated with-Byron, Goldsmith, Johnson, Pope, Milton. 6 Give the names of the authors of any three of the

following poems:
Lycidas.
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,
The Cotter's Saturday Night.

The Lady of the Lake.
6 Give the names of the authors of any three of the following works:

Vicar of Wakefield.
Robinson Crusoe.
Henry Esmond.
Silas Marner.

Kim. 14 Indicate under the proper headings below which authors are writers of prose or of poetry and

which are English or American:
Example:
Name

Prose Poetry English American
Carlyle..
х

Х
Longfellow..

х

X 1. Steele. 2. Lowell. 3. Gray 4. Reade 5. Whitman. 6. Boswell. 7. Burns.. 8. Emerson 9. Chaucer. 10. Thoreau. 11. Wells 12. Sidney. 13. Whittier. 14. Eliot. 15. Riley 16. Poe 17. Fielding 18. Gibbon 19. Cowper. 20. Holmes 21. Cooper. 22. Bryant.. 23. Bret Harte. 24. Lanier. 25. Browning 26. Hawthorne 27. Thackeray..

28. Fields... 40 Select an American author of note and in a short composition of not less than 250 words tell what

was his special contribution to American literature.

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