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September 27, 2023

Forget Putting Your CPA Exam Scores on a Résumé, Try Your SAT

I am willing to bet those of us who recall the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as experienced through the eyes of Punky Brewster barely even remember our SAT scores. I can tell you my grandparents let me go to Madison that weekend to stay with friends before the test and I ended up staying up until dawn the morning of playing the original Grand Theft Auto, which was pretty much the greatest thing I'd ever seen so screw my future (and you see where it got me; unsurprisingly I still scored a nearly perfect in verbal, sleep deprevation aside):

Anyhoo, according to this piece in the WSJ, if you want to get hired (in consulting, at least), you might want to dig through your parents' garage to find the ole score you forgot about:

Stephen Robert Morse was a candidate for a communications job when the recruiter told him to be ready to discuss his SAT score in a coming interview.

Mr. Morse, 28 years old, said he was "shocked" that a potential boss would be interested in the results of a test he took more than a decade earlier. He passed on the opportunity.

Proving the adage that all of life is like high school, plenty of employers still care about a job candidate's SAT score. 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.

Note this guy is 28, not 22. So while he may be too young to remember Punky's amazing Career Day spacesuit, he's still a tad old to need to recall his SAT score, no?

The bigger question is, what does your SAT have to do with your work life as many as 10 or even 20 years after you took it? Thankfully someone thought to ask that (they must have scored mad high in verbal, or something):

The College Board, which administers the SAT, maintains that the exam is designed mainly to predict first-year college success. The group hasn't studied employers' use of scores, a College Board spokeswoman said.

"It is a little confounding how a test somebody took when they were 17 predicts success in a competitive workplace when they're 22," said Kevin Monahan, a career-services dean at Carnegie Mellon University.

So, let's discuss. Has anyone been asked for their SAT? Isn't the entire point of a good score to get into a decent school, which is proof enough you must have scored at least high enough to impress the admissions department?

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