I want to become a Quant but got a 600 on my Math section on the SAT, is it possible?

I've always wanted to be a Quant but I sucked hard at the SAT in the math section. Was wondering if I could still do QR, thanks!

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Jul 20, 2017

Gosh I want to work at this company in China but I don't speak Chinese. Will they hire me?

Jul 20, 2017

I get the point, thanks.

Jul 20, 2017

I am not trying to be a dick, but the guys you would be working with just speak a different language than you when it comes to their understanding and application of mathematical concepts.

Jul 20, 2017

Yeah that makes sense. Does S&T/ER require me to excel (haha?) in math?

Jul 20, 2017

You would likely be fine in either of those roles.

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Jul 20, 2017

Yeah, I agree that the probability of you being a Quant is likely close to 0%, but that shouldn't discourage you from pursuing other careers that have a heavy emphasis on math. The SAT is important, but it shouldn't define who you are or what you want to do for the rest of your life... all of this is within reason though as being a Quant is likely improbable.

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Jul 20, 2017

Its not like you suck at maths and you give up. The more you practice, the better you become...

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Jul 20, 2017

the only quants will be AI by the time you finish your phd and kill yourself from debt and depression

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Jul 20, 2017

Inspiring!

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Jul 20, 2017

AI cant automate plumbing, undertaking, etc and they make shit loads of money

EDIT: They cant automate insider trading also ;)

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Jul 20, 2017

That is ridiculous.

Jul 21, 2017

What is? That contractors make a lot of money? I work with a lot of contractors and the 80/20 rule very much applies. A buddy of mine owns a plumbing company actually at age 28 making mid 6 figures currently. Most contractors are fucking idiot losers who owe child support and cancel plans and cuss in front of tenants and smell like cigarettes. But the smart ones who know how to hustle learn their trades inside and out, make relationships with vendors, and start their own businesses. They make really good money. You ever have an A/C unit break in the middle of July?

A lot are also scheisters. My in-laws just bought a condo and they had TWO contractors in a row try to sell them brand new HVAC systems for over $10k before I found out about it and sent my guy to replace the fucking Freon. My father-in-law is like 85 and my mother-in-law is an adult child less than half his age and they had no problem preying on them.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Jul 21, 2017

I just thought that what you said was funny.

Jul 20, 2017

Not saying you can't do it, we all have the ability to create our own fate in life regardless of circumstance. However, I question being a quant in general.

Almost all quants I know loved math, and would practice with numbers all day long. They viewed the world in numbers, but never had the intention of being a quant in high finance. Most I've met loved mathematics and found the pay to better in finance than other industries / engineering firms. However, Math was the impetus.

I personally admired incredibly smart people (genius level intelligence) and always wanted to be one. I even felt incomplete when I didn't do as well as other in mathematics going through school. I was never the greatest mathematician (no dummy by any means) but found that I had a greater knack for solving problems in a diplomatic manner than predicting the United States GDP in 10 years.

I still use my amateur mathematical skills in investment banking, but rely more on my character, diplomacy, and problem solving ability to bring value in situations. This by no intention makes me unfit for finance, if anything I think it gives me my own value. In the future, instead of creating an algorithm for High Frequency Trading, one day I'll be in a room negotiating contracts which enable quants to do their jobs.

To reference other points on the thread, automation could one day make predictive analytics a thing of the past... However, it will be years before Siri posesses the ability to correctly read someone's emotions across the table. That is why people like me will always have value.

Also, have you ever seen a quant leading a negotiation or board meeting? I haven't...

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Jul 20, 2017

You're my favorite user on WSO now.

I may not have the math skills but I am great at talking to large crowds and I'm generally very confident.

Thanks!

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Jul 21, 2017

My man!

Keep working hard, life is long and full of surprises.

Jul 20, 2017

If you're not gifted with math, or at least have a fairly quantitative mind, you're going to find this very hard to do.

The reply above nails it. You are free to try, maybe you just need to study more. But don't force it to the point where you throw away an otherwise promising career trying to chase after something that probably isn't going to work out very well. Take an inventory of your skills, figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Figure out a career that plays to your strengths, you can still work on your weaknesses and try to leverage those areas later on if you're successful in changing them into strengths.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Jul 21, 2017

If you didnt win a math competition in China my guess is probably not

Jul 21, 2017

He actually placed second in that math competition.

Jul 21, 2017

His name is also Jung. For the record, he also speaks English!

Jul 21, 2017