Taking the SAT can be a rite of passage for many high school students eager to apply to competitive colleges. But once these students have submitted their scores to schools, they are more than happy to be done with that often dreaded exam.
Acceptance letters arrive, students enroll as college students, and the SAT disappears into the past as nothing more than a less-than-delightful memory.
Now, long after students have completely (and willfully?) forgotten about their SAT scores, employers are asking for them in professional interviews. According to The Wall Street Journal, companies such as the investment firm D.E. Shaw, Boston Consulting Group Inc., Bain & Co., and even Goldman Sachs require SAT scores on their applications.
And these industry leaders are looking for impressive numbers. Jennifer Comparoni, the Boston Consulting Group Inc.'s head of Americas recruiting, reports that they don't set a minimum score, but "candidates with weak math results would need to demonstrate other strengths, such as subject-matter expertise or leadership ability."
Still, that doesn't mean that college grads need to post SAT scores all over their full-time applications or LinkedIn profiles. In-Sue Oh, a professor of human resources and management at Temple University's Fox School of Business, notes that "listing SAT scores on a résumé could make an applicant come across as narcissistic, overqualified or hung up on high-school successes."So, wait until you are asked for them by a potential employer.
And if you haven't taken the SAT yet, make sure you take it seriously! Those scores are going to be around for a while.