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Why Standardized Tests Matter Beyond College Admissions

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,891 Senior Member
"Standardized tests like the ACT and SAT are more than an admissions formality – they can also lead to scholarships." ...


Replies to: Why Standardized Tests Matter Beyond College Admissions

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,156 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: 680 Member
    ^ and even 20 years post graduation! (I've been asked for both SAT scores and GPA.)
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,393 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: 76,156 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: 2,516 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: 5,393 Senior Member
    @Coloradomama : That just makes sense. It's a GPA, not an SAT.
  • MazeArtCrewMazeArtCrew Registered User Posts: 197 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: 1,754 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: 36,731 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.
  • CaspiantopiaCaspiantopia Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    SAT or ACT can have lingering effect on students' confidence in themselves beyond college admissions, which is more concerning in my opinion.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,156 Senior Member
    Note that using either or both GPA and SAT scores for hiring can be disadvantageous for older job applicants, due to grade inflation and SAT recentering, as well as the increasing tendency to prep for the SAT.
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