SAT vs ACT - Importance of Math

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Hey all,

Let me preface that the question is nitpicky but when these firms are judging you by a single piece of paper everything seems to count.

I've read on a number of sources that most firms want to see M/CR on the SAT= 750/750 as a minimum. The Math score is ESPECIALLY important to prove you have the intellectual and analytical horsepower to succeed in consulting. Having said this, I received below a 750 Math (composite 2280). Whereas on the ACT, I received a perfect 36 on Math and a composite 35. I was thinking of listing my ACT Math/Reading/Verbal scores and my SAT Subject scores (both 800 and one is Math Level 2) as proof that I'm also capable with the SAT. Is this a good idea?

I guess two risks I run are...
1. The firm or screener might be biased towards the SAT
2. Not showcasing my near-perfect CR score (which I think might look impressive)

However, displaying a 35 ACT (SAT conversion = 2330), two perfect 800's on SAT Subjects (with one being Math Level 2), and a perfect Math ACT score seems like a good deal to me. Thoughts?

Once again, apologize for the nitpickiness but I understand every bit counts when these firms have so few ways to differentiate between top candidates.

Thanks

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Jun 18, 2013
helpinghand:

Hey all,

Let me preface that the question is nitpicky but when these firms are judging you by a single piece of paper everything seems to count.

I've read on a number of sources that most firms want to see M/CR on the SAT= 750/750 as a minimum. The Math score is ESPECIALLY important to prove you have the intellectual and analytical horsepower to succeed in consulting. Having said this, I received below a 750 Math (composite 2280). Whereas on the ACT, I received a perfect 36 on Math and a composite 35. I was thinking of listing my ACT Math/Reading/Verbal scores and my SAT Subject scores (both 800 and one is Math Level 2) as proof that I'm also capable with the SAT. Is this a good idea?

I guess two risks I run are...

1. The firm or screener might be biased towards the SAT

2. Not showcasing my near-perfect CR score (which I think might look impressive)

However, displaying a 35 ACT (SAT conversion = 2330), two perfect 800's on SAT Subjects (with one being Math Level 2), and a perfect Math ACT score seems like a good deal to me. Thoughts?

Once again, apologize for the nitpickiness but I understand every bit counts when these firms have so few ways to differentiate between top candidates.

Thanks

I'd list the ACT

Jun 18, 2013
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