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  1. a set of standardized college admissions tests developed by the College Board, the principal one measuring mathematical and verbal reasoning, and others measuring knowledge in specific subject areas.
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Origin of SAT

originally an abbreviation of Scholastic Aptitude Test and later, Scholastic Assessment Test
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British Dictionary definitions for scholastic aptitude test


  1. the past tense and past participle of sit
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adjective Southern African
  1. very tired; exhausted
  2. drunk
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abbreviation for
  1. (in the US) Scholastic Aptitude Test
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Word Origin and History for scholastic aptitude test



1961, initialism for Scholastic Aptitude Test.

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scholastic aptitude test in Culture

Scholastic Aptitude Test

A test that purportedly measures the aptitude of high-schoolers for college. Originally devised in 1926, it was not widely employed by colleges to select students until the 1950s and 1960s.

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The SAT is controversial. College admissions officers have relied on it, but critics contend that it contains cultural biases that work against the admission of African-Americans and other minorities.
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