If you’re a high school student thinking about going to college after graduation, you know that you’ll need to take a couple of exams for your admittance into the school of your choice. One of those exams is the SAT.
What’s the Purpose of the SAT?
Many colleges around the country require scores from the SAT as part of your admissions process. The score you receive on this exam is a major component of your college application. The score that you receive on the SAT helps colleges determine who they will accept. The SAT measures how well test-takers can analyze and solve problems which are skills that are typically learned while in school and will be needed in college.
Now that you understand the purpose of the SAT a little more and why it’s important for your college application, let’s take a look at what the letters S-A-T really mean.
The SAT exam has been around for over 90 years. The first SAT exam was introduced in 1926 and at this time, SAT stood for “Scholastic Aptitude Test”. The SAT exam was an assessment that was designed to evaluate a student’s college-specific skills. However, word “aptitude” means “the natural ability to do something” and the SAT exam was not necessarily a measure of aptitude because you’ve had the opportunity to learn the subject rather than have a natural ability to already know it.
So, because the SAT wasn’t necessarily an aptitude test, the College Board changed the exam to Scholastic Assessment Test in 1993 and the test was divided into two parts: SAT 1: Reasoning Test and SAT 2: Subject Tests. After the name change, the SAT test was viewed to be more accurate by being labeled as an “assessment” because the SAT evaluated how you grew intellectually during your time in high school.
In 1997, the College Board ran into another issue with the name for the SAT; they found that “assessment” is a synonym for the word “test” which turned the Scholastic Assessment Test into the Scholastic Test Test. So, because of this, the College Board changed the exam’s name again to SAT, with “SAT” no longer meaning anything. Now the “SAT” is just the SAT.