Do You Have The Test Scores To Make It In Consulting?

by Jaineel Aga

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Getting Consulting Jobs In India.

While applying in the US, the GRE  is an important test if you've taken it. Mention only if you have a score of 1450 or more. Anything above a 1450 signals a strong candidate. Your mix of scores between quantitative, verbal and analytical reasoning need to be well balanced, it's ideal to have cracked the quantitative section because consulting requires a lot of number crunching, and a good quantitative test score will signal your number crunching ability. The same applies for SAT scores. If you have scored  above the 95 percentile in your SAT, do mention this in your resume. Consultants love seeing resumes with a demonstrated academic prowess, although it's one among many things that they evaluate you on.

In India, for the ones that took the IIT JEE,  any rank below 100 is excellent. If you're among the top 10 in India, you're already going to be offered a full scholarship at MIT or Stanford. If you're in the top hundred, you are one of the so-called geniuses of the country, from the people who have taken the IIT JEE. Anything from 100 to 500 is a very strong candidate, and anything between 500 and 1500, considering the nature of the test, is still a strong candidate and worth mentioning on your resume. Beyond 2000, it's not really worth mentioning. Of course the fact that you are in IIT would mean that you were able to pass the exam.

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While applying in the US, the GRE  is an important test if you've taken it. Mention only if you have a score of 1450 or more. Anything above a 1450 signals a strong candidate. Your mix of scores between quantitative, verbal and analytical reasoning need to be well balanced, it's ideal to have cracked the quantitative section because consulting requires a lot of number crunching, and a good quantitative test score will signal your number crunching ability. The same applies for SAT scores. If you have scored  above the 95 percentile in your SAT, do mention this in your resume. Consultants love seeing resumes with a demonstrated academic prowess, although it's one among many things that they evaluate you on.

In India, for the ones that took the IIT JEE,  any rank below 100 is excellent. If you're among the top 10 in India, you're already going to be offered a full scholarship at MIT or Stanford. If you're in the top hundred, you are one of the so-called geniuses of the country, from the people who have taken the IIT JEE. Anything from 100 to 500 is a very strong candidate, and anything between 500 and 1500, considering the nature of the test, is still a strong candidate and worth mentioning on your resume. Beyond 2000, it's not really worth mentioning. Of course the fact that you are in IIT would mean that you were able to pass the exam.

For  non-engineers, mention scores in the common entrance test (CAT) especially if you are on of those candidates that got a 99 percentile but weren't able to convert a call to one of the top tier IIMs. Are you a chartered accountant with an all-Indian rank below 100? Again, surely something you want to mention on your resume. Have you cleared levels of other exams such as Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) or are you a 6 sigma blackbelt?   Were you selected for a national aptitude test which happens at a state level or selected for the Physics Olympiad? All of these  tests are worth mentioning on your resume.

What test scores we don't want to see on your consulting resume:

1) Test scores from Grade 10. No one cares about this anymore.

2) Breakup of your coursework and scores in each of them. Use your one page resume to talk about your overall GPA, and if necessary GPA in your major subject.

3) Any other obscure test whose significance isn't known to most people. Don't distract the reviewer.

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