Should I Put My Standardized Test Scores On My Linkedin Profile?

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I was perusing linkedin and noticed the "Test Scores" section that they added to your profile. When should you add your scores on there and when should you leave them off? For example - I have really high scores, would it look bad to have them on there (ie don't want it to appear as if i'm just trying to show off)?

SAT or ACT Scores on LinkedIn Account?

LinkedIn has proved itself to be a powerful social media networking tool for professionals the past few years. The amount of customization in being able to display your experiences, achievements, and more about yourself is crucial for recruiters to get a snapshot of who you are.

With LinkedIn there are options for you to add test scores such as SAT, ACT, etc that can be displayed on your public profile. While it may be somewhat beneficial to add your test scores if they're related to your career (such as GRE or the Series 7), if your scores could potentially show you in a mediocre light, it would be best to leave them out.

User @CompBanker, a private equity vice president, makes a good point regarding test scores (SAT/ACT):

CompBanker - Private Equity Vice President:

I don't think you'll see too much benefit from putting test scores on your LinkedIn profile. People use LinkedIn in different ways, but I think very few people look at it as a "public resume." Everyone that I know uses it as a networking tool. If you're looking to use it as a resume, they already have a feature where you can upload your entire resume to your profile.

If you have any other recommendations on whether or not to add test scores please comment below!

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Comments (12)

Jun 3, 2012

I don't understand the logic of it somehow only being acceptable to divulge information that paints you in a mediocre light. Put those scores up there. As for what good could come of it -- it's a useful way for e.g. headhunters to make snap / initial judgments that you're not mentally a vegetable.

Jun 3, 2012

Thanks.

Anyone else have similar/opposing views?

Jun 3, 2012

If they're good, why not post them?

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

Jun 3, 2012

could come off as cocky

Jun 3, 2012

Post them. You worked hard for them right? And it's better to sell yourself aggressively than the other way around.

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Jun 3, 2012

law of diminished marginal returns comes to mind.....

Jun 3, 2012

I don't think you'll see too much benefit from putting test scores on your LinkedIn profile. People use LinkedIn in different ways, but I think very few people look at it as a "public resume." Everyone that I know uses it as a networking tool. If you're looking to use it as a resume, they already have a feature where you can upload your entire resume to your profile (not that I would recommend you do this).

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Jun 3, 2012

Of course I can only speak for myself and I do get impressed when I see someone's got great grades, especially when they've been active next to their study...

Jun 3, 2012

I agree with CompBanker.

Also a headhunter will reach out to you because of where you work, not your test scores. They will pass your resume along to XYZ fund because of your test scores though, but keep it on the resume.

Jun 3, 2012

Asked and answered here: Test Score Section of LinkedIn

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Jun 3, 2012