Students progress from high school to college and the job market assuming that standardize test SAT scores no longer matter.
Well, It burdens me to deliver this terrible news (for some of us). However, as you apply for entry level position with 50 other candidates with "leadership potential" and a 3.2 college GPA, your SAT scores may come into question.
In an effort to weed out candidates, companies are attempting to standardized ways to compare their various candidates by requesting (you guessed it) SAT Scores. Standardize testing is still in style. No single measure is dispositive, but many companies ask that each candidate provide them with his/her standardized test scores (GMAT/GRE/SAT, etc.).
So is this truly a bad thing? Besides the pain of inconvenience that many of us do not remember our SAT scores (or mentally blocked them out), this points out several discrepancies in the world of academia.
1) It has been well documented that AFRICAN AMERICANS currently score lower than European Americans on vocabulary, reading, and mathematics tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence. (source).
2) Perhaps companies recognize that all Institutions of higher learning are not regarded as equal. For example, many HBCU's have the stigma of a less rigorous curriculum no matter what program you completed. Are the SAT/GMAT/GRE leveling the playing field?
What do you think? Should SAT scores be a determining factor in the job hunt for job applicants?