The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT®) was established in 1926 as a means of assessing an individual’s ability to solve mathematical and verbal problems, as well as their ability to write critically and effectively. The latest version of the SAT® was released in January of 2016. The SAT® is one of two reasoning tests that are required for admission to many colleges and universities in the United States (though widely recognized internationally).
SAT® scores are used to supplement an individual’s junior or senior high school GPA (Grade Point Average) on college applications. The exact weight given to the SAT® varies. Many universities require it for incoming freshman, and a few do not require it at all. To avoid any confusion, individuals should contact each college or university to which they are applying regarding specific admission policies and the acceptence of the SAT® or any other testing requirements.
Generally, students take the SAT® during the spring term of their junior year and again in the fall of their senior year. The SAT®three sections, which test critical reading, writing, and mathematical abilities, are designed to provide a fair comparison between students from different backgrounds and ethnicities. Combined with the GPA, the SAT® score provides an excellent indicator of an individual’s ability to succeed at the undergraduate level.