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SAT Scores: How important are they for potential recruits?

What is the exact status of SAT scores as of now? This is one question which lingers amidst the latest news regarding the examination’s diminishing significance in universities and colleges. As per the latest reports, there are a few colleges and universities that have done away with treating these scores as the yardstick for measuring a candidate’s chances of securing admission. On the other hand, however, there are still a few leading companies that refuse to shift the focus from a potential recruit’s SAT scores. Now, the question is when the significance of SAT scores is shrinking in colleges and universities, is it prudent on the part of the employers to continue giving it equal weight age? Quite understandably, the entire scenario has got students in a fix. Let us discover more.

SAT Scores: What’s it with the Employers?

Starting off from where we left- “Why are the employers still not over the SAT scores?” There is a very simple funda working behind the entire practice. For the employers the SAT scores turn out to be a handy screening device. Elite names like Goldman Sachs and Bain & Company still want to find out how you scored in your SAT examinations. It’s simply because of the fact that these scores help them disqualify candidates without much effort. It’s like they have an easy yardstick to work with. While the HR managers continue to assure candidates that these test scores are just one of the many factors judging candidature, in reality they (i.e. these test scores) don’t act as the “one-point” data influencing your chances at an interview.

The SAT scores go on to play an even more significant role when you’re applying for a job in a company backed by the services of braniacs then they are most likely to consider only candidates who have secured above 95th percentile. They may tell you that those who score below do not get rejected but the truth is, anyone with lower percentile is not even called for the company interview – mostly.

It is sad but true businesses do think that SAT scores actually go on to reflect a candidate’s overall ability while students still believe that a high-pressure 4-hour examination can never be the true reflector of their credentials.

So, what happens when a student doesn’t take SAT examinations just because the colleges and universities have stopped attaching equal weight age? Will his candidacy in a company be cancelled due to the same? Unfortunately there is no clear stand regarding the same.

SAT and ACT Scores: What you should know

Much to the surprise (or shock) of students, the SAT and ACT scores had actually started shrinking in significance, as a greater number of colleges and universities increasingly shied away from treating SAT and ACT scores as the yardstick for college admissions. However, it is too early to write these examinations off as the public schools have started cashing in on the significance that these tests have had enjoyed for so long.

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Now, the testing companies are clearly vying for a place in the public schools. They have actually gone on to push heavily for the huge market (worth nearly $700 million) for federally required tests in the public schools. These companies have actually started offering ACT and SAT courses to students, who have no plans of going to the college. The recent changes in academics, imposed by the federal education law have not really found these companies struggling in their fight for significance. Instead they are blithely competing against the examinations sponsored by the Obama administration and winning the battle as well. There is fierce rivalry between these sets of tests administered by different establishments. And, it will not really be an exaggeration to claim that the companies offering the ACT and SAT examinations are clearly winning. This observation has been duly substantiated by Scott Marion (executive director of Center for Assessment), who opines that these companies are making nothing short of a “land grab”.

It was in the month of January that the state board of education declared that it would be using SAT as the yardstick of measuring quality of high school students. And, these students will no longer be required taking Smarter Balanced, which makes for one of the two national tests the federal government funded in order to find out how efficiently the States had been teaching the Common Core.

It was right in the next month that the University of Delaware declared that the in-state students no longer required to submit the scores earned by them in the SAT examination. These examinations, on the other hand, started proliferating in states where parents complained of their children being over-tested by Common Core tests. Most of the students who steered clear of Common Core tests belonged to the high school and many high school students had already started taking SAT and ACT. So, states are switching to those tests to witness higher participation rate.