FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Think your SAT score was only relevant for college applications? Think again. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, some companies screen SAT results for prospective employees in their 40s and 50s.
The SAT test, which is usually taken during junior or senior year of high school, has a high score of 2400 — with 800 possible points in math, writing and critical reading sections. Prior to 2005, the test was two sections, with a possible high score of 1600.
Hiring managers say "they believe SATs and other college entrance exams like the ACT help when comparing candidates with differing backgrounds or figuring out whether someone has the raw brainpower required for the job," according to the WSJ.
While some companies admit to using the standardized test for evaluating job candidates, there seems to be little proof that a high score will translate to superior job performance. "Google Inc. famously fixated on job candidates' grade-point averages, test scores and alma mater, but the company changed tactics about two years ago, when data showed that traditionally pedigreed candidates didn't always make better hires," writes Melissa Korn with the WSJ.
In some cases, a request for SAT scores may also deter qualified candidates from applying. Such was the case for 28-year-old Stephen Morse who was asked to provide his SAT score for a communications job. Although he scored about 1450 on the 1600-point test, he said the request made him skeptical of wanting to work for that company.