Employers ask for old SAT scores

“Plenty of employers” ask job candidates about their SAT scores, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Consulting firms such as Bain & Co. and McKinsey & Co. and banks like Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ask new college recruits for their scores, while other companies request them even for senior sales and management hires, eliciting scores from job candidates in their 40s and 50s.

College Board keeps SAT scores on file forever, so lying is risky.

Some companies are reluctant to hire people who’ve scored below the 95th percentile in math.

However, Google, which used to look closely at “grade-point averages, test scores and alma mater,” has changed tactics, reports the Journal. Internal studies found “very little correlation between SAT scores and job performance,” said Kyle Ewing, head of global staffing. Google now puts more stress on “interview questions that probe how a potential hire has solved complex problems,” reports the Journal.

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Comments

  1. I never took the SAT so an employer would have a hard time getting that score, I did take the ACT with a composite score of 26 back in 1980.

    I work in a STEM field, so experience and degree trumps old test scores in this area.

  2. Crimson Wife says:

    I’ve never heard of anyone other than entry-level candidates being asked for test scores. Anyone who is my age or older would’ve taken the SAT before it was recentered in ’95 so the scores aren’t even comparable to today’s scores.

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    The scores don’t matter anyway.

    What matters is almost always the percentages.