- 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.
Compare ACT(def 1).
Origin of SAT
originally an abbreviation of Scholastic Aptitude Test and later, Scholastic Assessment Test
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- the past tense and past participle of sit
- very tired; exhausted
Word Origin for sat
- (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
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.
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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