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Why Standardized Tests Matter Beyond College Admissions

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,614 Senior Member
"Standardized tests like the ACT and SAT are more than an admissions formality – they can also lead to scholarships." ...

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/articles/2018-04-23/3-benefits-of-standardized-testing-beyond-college-admissions

Replies to: Why Standardized Tests Matter Beyond College Admissions

  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 7,941 Senior Member
    Yes, we all understand that standardized tests are not necessarily fair or representative of true ability, but until colleges stop offering real money for good scores, we will want our kids to prep for them.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,766 Senior Member
    Some have claimed that some employers ask for SAT or ACT scores from college graduate job applicants. Apparently, what you did in high school is relevant to those employers even after you have completed a bachelor's degree.
  • HMom16HMom16 Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    ^ and even 20 years post graduation! (I've been asked for both SAT scores and GPA.)
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,105 Senior Member
    @ucbalumnus : I heard those tend to be in some high strung careers like finance and used to be some tech jobs too (as if people cannot just learn that stuff in college), but major tech companies apparently stopped that and stopped giving their own exams. And as far as I know (and from experience), most STEM jobs don't do that, so that is interesting.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,766 Senior Member
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/job-hunting-dig-up-those-old-sat-scores-1393374186 has mostly management consulting companies as examples of those who want SAT scores.

    Asking for SAT scores is uncommon in the computer industry, though Google reputedly used to do so (not any more), according to http://time.com/10693/your-sat-scores-will-come-back-to-haunt-you/ .
  • ColoradomamaColoradomama Registered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    @bernie12 Government jobs in STEM and law ask for GPA. So NIST, NASA, USPTO and other agencies hiring bachelors, masters, PhD and law degreed engineers. I had to produce my GPA at age 56 to get a government job a few years ago.
  • nynycasino1234nynycasino1234 Registered User Posts: 459 Member
    In wall street for some jobs, this is a standrd question what was tour SAT score. Kids say 1600 and move on.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,105 Senior Member
    @Coloradomama : That just makes sense. It's a GPA, not an SAT.
  • MazeArtCrewMazeArtCrew Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    For those art school bound students; we found that some schools had a formula where strength of portfolio/gpa/test scores was used for merit scholarships. I'm mentioning this because I've heard time and time again that some art school bound students don't think that the SAT matters very much. It just may help them afford their first choice college. I am certain that my daughters high SAT scores helped net her more financial aid.
  • ConcernedLConcernedL Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I was under the impression that the more you take the ACT the better your chances are on increasing your score. I took my first ACT during my middle school years and then throughout high school. Not knowing that the more you take this test your chances of getting flagged were higher. Well my score increased 6 points and ACT threatened to cancel my scores. Most school systems are encouraging students to take this test early not knowing that it could set you up for a score review and possible score cancellation.
  • MandalorianMandalorian Registered User Posts: 1,745 Senior Member
    These tests aren't perfect, but in the world of "holistic" (racist) admissions, they're one of the last bastions of true equality.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 33,714 Senior Member
    Mensa will let you in with older SAT or ACT scores (from back in the day when we didn’t prep or retest). There is a date cutoff, after that they won’t take them.
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