In 1926, when a small group of
students sat down to take the first SAT, the letters
S-A-T stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test. Back then, everybody thought
the SAT could accurately predict each person’s innate intelligence.
The test was supposedly uncoachable, making preparation of any kind unnecessary.
In 1994, the people who write the SAT backed off of the claim that
the test measures aptitude and began to call it the Standardized
Assessment Test. Slowly, quietly, even the words Standardized
Assessment Test fell out of use. In 1996, the SAT people
sought to clear up the confusion in a press release that declared,
once and for all, “SAT is not an initialism; it does not stand for
anything.” So there you have it, straight from the source:
The SAT stands for nothing.
But that hasn’t stopped the test. And it hasn’t stopped schools and
universities from using the SAT to help them decide which students to admit. That
means you still need to study and prepare to score high. Read this book: All the facts,
strategies, and study methods you need to meet and beat the SAT lie between these