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SAT

1.
Trademark. college admissions tests sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board: the SAT I measures mathematical and verbal reasoning skills, and the SAT II measures knowledge in specific subject areas.
Origin
(S)cholastic (A)ptitude (T)est
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British Dictionary definitions for scholastic aptitude test

sat1

/sæt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of sit

sat2

/sʌt/
adjective (South African)
1.
very tired; exhausted
2.
drunk
Word Origin
Afrikaans

SAT

abbreviation
1.
(in the US) Scholastic Aptitude Test
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Word Origin and History for scholastic aptitude test

SAT

n.

1961, initialism for Scholastic Aptitude Test.

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Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

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.

Note: 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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Related Abbreviations for scholastic aptitude test

sat

saturated

SAT

  1. Samoa-tala (currency)
  2. San Antonio International Airport
  3. a trademark used for a set of standardized college entrance examinations; originally Scholastic Aptitude Test
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