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  • Investment Analyst in HF - Other
Jan 23, 2022 - 7:45pm

69420. Lol jokes aside, any score over 1450 will basically guarantee you admission to any top 5 school, and then any HF down the line!!

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 23, 2022 - 10:23pm

(1250) I'm going to a state school and have an offer at a BB. Some people put their high school scores on their resume, I find it cringe.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 23, 2022 - 11:32pm

I did it. It makes perfect sense for non targets like me because a lot of ppl assume your school sucks if it's not HYP and your GPA means nothing even if it's high. The SAT is standardized and respected as a metric, so it helps to reflect intelligence. Obv high SAT score doesn't equal intelligence, but bankers often do note it. I could tell many interviewers gave me more credit seeing my 1500+ score and sometimes even got compliments on it. It's not cringe to put it on your resume, especially if it's good and you're a non target. Also doing a BB SA this summer. Congrats on your offer

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 24, 2022 - 10:31am

This is exactly what happened to me when networking this past summer – MDs/VPs would see my SAT and many asked why I wasn't at an Ivy instead of my extremely non target state school. Always helped solidify (not the only factor obviously) that you're smart enough to do the job. If it's 1450+ and GPA is above 3.5 I'd put it on there

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 23, 2022 - 11:26pm

1540 SAT. Non target non diversity working at a BB this summer

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Jan 23, 2022 - 11:44pm

1560, w/ two 800s in the SAT IIs.

To those wondering, top PE, HF, etc. absolutely look at standardized testing. In a world with rampant grade inflation, scheduling scheming, and 400Q flash-card memorization starting from freshman week, it's extremely nice to have a tool to cut through the chaff and get an idea of aptitude. 

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Jan 24, 2022 - 10:53am

Of course it's study-able. But intelligence still provides an upper (scoring) bound for most people, so there's still info content in the #. Its value is in that it's inherently a standardized metric, even if you give some flex for studied amount. 

Plus, a 'studied' SAT also speaks to your ability to retain and apply information (from prep classes), which isn't a useless datapoint. 

Jan 24, 2022 - 6:53pm
ExpensiveCashFlow, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How would they verify your test scores? Havent had the option to submit my test scores to the SA internships I applied to. I have a 34 and its listed on my resume, but Im not sure how head hunters or firms verify this. With GPA I understand; they look at your transcripts.

Jan 24, 2022 - 12:32am
MrBarelyComprehensible, what's your opinion? Comment below:

2360 on the old scale, with perfect math and 800s on on my SAT IIs (Math II and Physics). Also, 35 ACT.

I didn't really need to include it on my resume as I went to an Ivy, but Associate 2 is right. Even outside of headhunters requiring it for PE/HF recruiting, I would 75% of banks asked for it, especially boutique banks like PJT and Centerview.

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Jan 24, 2022 - 12:57am

1600 (with 800 on Math 2 SAT II). Of the nine Ivy-plus schools I applied to, I was accepted at three, waitlisted at two, and rejected at four. ORM non-legacy, middle class male for context.

Kept the SAT score on my resume for IB/PE recruiting. Not sure how much of a factor it played in IB recruiting but HHs (and PE firms) definitely look at the scores. I remember multiple HHs made comments about my score. The PE firm I work for ran some analysis and apparently found that the two best predictors of success on the job are standardized test scores and GPA. Haven't seen the analysis but heard a recruiting lead pass that comment once FWIW.

Jan 25, 2022 - 8:51pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Why did you retake the ACT after getting a 33? 


  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 24, 2022 - 2:01am

Lol apparently everyone got a near perfect score. I got a 26 on the ACT (although no prep, took junior year of hs). Went to a non target, got a 4.0, and got offer for BB IB and going back full time after this year. I retook the ACT this fall (for PE/HF recruiting) and got a 35 with about an hour of studying a night for 2 months

Jan 26, 2022 - 9:13am
MrBarelyComprehensible, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You regret not trying harder in high school? Asking this out of curiosity, as you obviously were able to get that score and could've gone to a better school

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 26, 2022 - 9:19pm

I was a shitty student in high school and graduated with a 3.0. I literally only focused on niche ways to make money and spent all my time on that, neglecting school in its entirety. Hindsight is 20/20, and if I could go back in time I'd definitely prioritize my grades and try for a better university. I guess I always knew I was smart enough? Not sure, but I knew when I got to college I'd set my priorities straight.

I took a gap year after high school to start a company that did very well and generated >250k. That ended and when I got to college I put my grades first, and I'm pretty social so recruiting wasn't too bad even though I went to a non target. Got interviews through referrals and converted 2/3 to offers.

All in all, everything has worked out thus far and I've matured a lot since my high school days. I think realizing your potential and having confidence in yourself is the key to success

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 10:14am

I have SAT in low 1300, should I actually think of doing it again to be ready for PE/HF recruiting? Will be at top EB (long story why such low SAT lmao) so not sure how much my SAT matters but here it looks like it does

Jan 25, 2022 - 8:52pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Also interested. Is it necessary for those who didn't do that great to retake it? 


  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 24, 2022 - 11:35am

34 ACT, tbh if youre a good test taker theres no need to study just get a good nights sleep and be in the zone on test day

  • Intern in AM - Equities
Jan 24, 2022 - 11:45am

Took it three fucking times back in HS and got exactly same scores each time, 1510. I still remember I literally cried after seeing that damn number one week after my last shot. It probably shows my intellectual deficiency, which was further testified in the recruiting process. It also took me hella long time to land a SA offer last year.

Jan 24, 2022 - 8:27pm
iercurenc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1510 is still a strong score.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 5:26pm

I was a horrible standardized test taker but I excelled in school overall. Took the ACT and got dicked, scored a 25/36 lmao. Went to a non-target, then transferred to target. First-year analyst at a BB rn. Most colleges are shifting away from ACT's/SAT's and I think that's great for people who suck at them or can't afford tutors and shit. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 7:55pm

How can they check? Honestly, I feel like if you say something like 1450 no one would check

Jan 25, 2022 - 8:53pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can't they verify with College Board?


  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 9:34pm

I'll be starting full-time at a BB in a top group. 1310 SAT didn't try in high school. Ground my ass off in college for the job though. 

  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Jan 24, 2022 - 11:00pm

1560 at barely semi-target

Like other commenters, I've always been asked several times about my SAT and why I didn't go somewhere else with my score.

Feel like most semi-target kids are above 1520/33

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 25, 2022 - 11:27am

here are my scores (Currently at hypsm)

act: 36/36 on every subsection

SAT: 1590/1600 first try, 1600/1600 second try

sat subjects: 800 math, 800 chemistry, 800 us history, 780 physics, 790 bio (molecular), 760 literature

lsat: 174 (took it in first year of college)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 28, 2022 - 2:53pm

I'm going into IB because I believe it has the best long term career potential--am I not correct in thinking that? Tons of optionality, exit opps, diverse skillset, etc.

- high attrition in quant

- too much competition/office politics in SWE, easy to flatline quickly

- not interested in law

- too risky to jump into startups right away -- i'd rather start in IB and network and gain tangible skillsets

- through IB you can also exit to HFs, PE/VC firms, etc.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 25, 2022 - 8:53pm


Had a competitive profiles for non HYPSW top schools but got super lazy and ended up tanking my mid-year report. Hella waitlists that I presume were to see if I recovered. I did not. 

  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 26, 2022 - 9:33pm

I finally understand why you are the way you are. Please do your own kids a favor and avoid passing on the trauma, IE: no need to be vehemently "anti-sugarcoating," or as most people call it, being an asshole

Jan 26, 2022 - 2:57pm
johnny-mnemonic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I got a 1410 SAT, but a 33 on the ACT. Anyone think the SAT will be an issue and can adults even retake it? I was thinking of just riding the ACT since I found it easier.

Jan 27, 2022 - 11:44am
mirayaaannnaaaaaa, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Non existent lol. I graduated two years early just to avoid the damn test. Things luckily worked out and I'm at a top BB though!

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jan 27, 2022 - 12:16pm

1420 or 1450, don't remember lol. I'm A1 at a BB in NYC and went to a non-target. I fucked up though cause I didn't study because I had a gf at the time and was really distracted. Harshly regret not doing better though bros, definitely should've studied more for it. Ironically enough, graduated a semester early and I could've only done that at the school I went to, so idk maybe things worked out well. The SAT is great as an IQ proxy for the fact that you can 'study for it' kinda kills it, but it definitely gives you a range for your IQ undoubtedly. It's useful because there's too much grade inflation and cheating in college (God I hated college lmao).

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Jan 27, 2022 - 4:09pm

33 on the ACT. 35 in Math and English tho. Felt like hot shit at school, but once I came to this website, I was immediately humbled.

Jan 28, 2022 - 10:14am
Pulisic69, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wouldn't trust every score on here plus tbh you just need a >1450 to QUALIFY for ivies and rest is all based on ur EC's, coursework, etc.

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Jan 28, 2022 - 11:45am

Actually, id say you need a 1500+ for the ivies in this day and age. Just got rejected from a semi-target yesterday as well.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Feb 21, 2022 - 10:11pm

Sorry to bug you - but did this impact your recruiting for PE at all? If so, it obviously wasn't enough but I'm curious since my 1170 score doesn't seem too far off from your's.

Jan 28, 2022 - 10:13pm
FloridaIsHot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Like 1470, with a near-perfect score on English and a kinda lackluster (~650 I think?) score on Math.

Comparable on the ACT, but Math is weighted more there, so my average was only a 30.

Jan 29, 2022 - 8:22pm
FloridaIsHot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Pretty sure it was also weighed in STEM. I vaguely remember being told it was also partially weighed in the Science score, but I may be misremembering being.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 29, 2022 - 7:39pm

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