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SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • By: Larry G. Daniel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is one of the most commonly used standardized college placement tests in the United States. The College Board, developer of the SAT, reports that nearly 2 million students take the test each year. The SAT is typically taken by college aspirants during the junior or senior year of high school. Examinees may register, at cost, to take the SAT Reasoning test and/or one or more of the SAT Subject tests. Most recently revised in 2005, the SAT Reasoning test yields two scores (Critical Reading and Mathematics) that are usually added together to yield a decision score, along with a Writing score. College and university officials use this decision score, along with other student profile data (e.g., high school grade-point averages ...

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