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8th Mar '16 8:05:11 AM hamza678
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The '''SAT''', originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now known solely by its initials, is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which serves the same purpose but isn't necessarily the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:
# The SAT is more popular at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts (mostly the latter).
# The ACT is more popular at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South (mostly the latter).
# The ACT also covers science and social studies in addition to reading, writing and math--the writing section on the ACT is also optional.
# Each section of the SAT is worth 800 points while each section of the ACT is worth 36-points (a student's composite ACT score is the average of the student's scaled scores for the test sections they did--whether or not they did the writing section in addition to the four required sections).
# Before 2016, the SAT had a "guessing penalty"—an incorrect answer took away points from a student's raw score. The ACT has never had such a penalty.

In 2005, the SAT was heavily revamped, most notably changing from a base-1600 score to a base-2400 score. Older programs will reference the original scoring system. The SAT was heavily revamped again in 2016, with the first exams under the new format to be administered in March of that year. The writing section will be made optional, scores will once again be base-1600, and the guessing penalty will be removed.

Britain also has two exams called [=SATs=], but they're pronounced as words (sats) and taken before {{GCSEs}}.[[note]] There are currently three exams each round of [=SATs=], in English, Numeracy and Sciences, which are taken in Year 2 (age 6-7, the final year of [=KS1=]) and Year 6 (age 10-11, the final year of [=KS2=]). There used to be [=SATs=] in Year 9 (age 13-14, the final year of [=KS3=]), too.[[/note]]

The grad school version of this is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), though some programs also accept the MAT (Miller Analogies Test). Most first-professional degree programs have their own versions:
* Business school: GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
* Dental school: DAT (Dental Admission Test)
* Law school: LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
* Medical school: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
* Pharmacy school: PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
Veterinary schools used to have their own test, the VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test), but they now require either the GRE or the MCAT, depending on the school.

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!!The SATs provide examples of:

* AchievementTestOfDestiny: For a long time, the SAT has reigned as the most important factor in college admissions. However, grades seem to have overtaken it. Also, some colleges these days don't require students to take the SAT or ACT to get in (but students are still encouraged to take the test).
* AwfulTruth: Although they don't like to state it, individual students' scores rarely change much from attempt to attempt, and without a good enough one you're probably not going to get into your dream school.
* TheBGrade: A common reaction by a straight-A student to getting a good, but not perfect, score (it's nearly impossible to actually get a perfect score on the SAT or ACT).
* BrilliantButLazy: Many students who do well on the SATs but have subpar grades are this.
* ChildProdigy: They're usually claimed to have aced their SATs at an early age.
* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even in middle school--however, many parents still have their children go to things like SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes. Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (at least not in the same you'd study for a regular test).
* EightPointEight: See TheBGrade.
* FMinusMinus: Scores generally have a bell-curve distribution, making it all the more of a middle finger when you score below 1000 or so.
* FourPointScale: As the test goes from 600 to 2400, the empty range is a third the size of the scored range. Even a 600 you won't get just by leaving every question blank; you have to answer about 12 questions wrong (and none right).
** Moreover, at selective colleges, adcoms must choose among students with scores near the top of the scale, making them nearly meaningless at that level. Instead, grades, course rigor, extracurriculars, and essays are focused on.
* HighSchoolRejects: A possible consequence if you don't do well enough.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: You'd think so from reading peripheral materials about the kinds of schools people with certain scores should shoot for. Unfortunately, the Ivy League (and similar institutions like MIT, U-Chicago, and Stanford) are rapidly becoming less realistic as competition escalates exponentially.
* MoneyDearBoy: Why do you think it costs so much to take the test and have it mailed to colleges?
* SideKick: The SAT Subject Tests.

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The '''SAT''', originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now known solely by its initials, is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which serves the same purpose but isn't necessarily the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:
# The SAT is more popular at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts (mostly the latter).
# The ACT is more popular at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South (mostly the latter).
# The ACT also covers science and social studies in addition to reading, writing and math--the writing section on the ACT is also optional.
# Each section of the SAT is worth 800 points while each section of the ACT is worth 36-points (a student's composite ACT score is the average of the student's scaled scores for the test sections they did--whether or not they did the writing section in addition to the four required sections).
# Before 2016, the SAT had a "guessing penalty"—an incorrect answer took away points from a student's raw score. The ACT has never had such a penalty.

In 2005, the SAT was heavily revamped, most notably changing from a base-1600 score to a base-2400 score. Older programs will reference the original scoring system. The SAT was heavily revamped again in 2016, with the first exams under the new format to be administered in March of that year. The writing section will be made optional, scores will once again be base-1600, and the guessing penalty will be removed.

Britain also has two exams called [=SATs=], but they're pronounced as words (sats) and taken before {{GCSEs}}.[[note]] There are currently three exams each round of [=SATs=], in English, Numeracy and Sciences, which are taken in Year 2 (age 6-7, the final year of [=KS1=]) and Year 6 (age 10-11, the final year of [=KS2=]). There used to be [=SATs=] in Year 9 (age 13-14, the final year of [=KS3=]), too.[[/note]]

The grad school version of this is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), though some programs also accept the MAT (Miller Analogies Test). Most first-professional degree programs have their own versions:
* Business school: GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
* Dental school: DAT (Dental Admission Test)
* Law school: LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
* Medical school: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
* Pharmacy school: PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
Veterinary schools used to have their own test, the VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test), but they now require either the GRE or the MCAT, depending on the school.

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!!The SATs provide examples of:

* AchievementTestOfDestiny: For a long time, the SAT has reigned as the most important factor in college admissions. However, grades seem to have overtaken it. Also, some colleges these days don't require students to take the SAT or ACT to get in (but students are still encouraged to take the test).
* AwfulTruth: Although they don't like to state it, individual students' scores rarely change much from attempt to attempt, and without a good enough one you're probably not going to get into your dream school.
* TheBGrade: A common reaction by a straight-A student to getting a good, but not perfect, score (it's nearly impossible to actually get a perfect score on the SAT or ACT).
* BrilliantButLazy: Many students who do well on the SATs but have subpar grades are this.
* ChildProdigy: They're usually claimed to have aced their SATs at an early age.
* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even in middle school--however, many parents still have their children go to things like SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes. Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (at least not in the same you'd study for a regular test).
* EightPointEight: See TheBGrade.
* FMinusMinus: Scores generally have a bell-curve distribution, making it all the more of a middle finger when you score below 1000 or so.
* FourPointScale: As the test goes from 600 to 2400, the empty range is a third the size of the scored range. Even a 600 you won't get just by leaving every question blank; you have to answer about 12 questions wrong (and none right).
** Moreover, at selective colleges, adcoms must choose among students with scores near the top of the scale, making them nearly meaningless at that level. Instead, grades, course rigor, extracurriculars, and essays are focused on.
* HighSchoolRejects: A possible consequence if you don't do well enough.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: You'd think so from reading peripheral materials about the kinds of schools people with certain scores should shoot for. Unfortunately, the Ivy League (and similar institutions like MIT, U-Chicago, and Stanford) are rapidly becoming less realistic as competition escalates exponentially.
* MoneyDearBoy: Why do you think it costs so much to take the test and have it mailed to colleges?
* SideKick: The SAT Subject Tests.

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3rd Mar '16 1:32:37 PM TMNTFanGirl
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The '''SAT''', originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now known solely by its initials, is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, but not the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:
# The SAT is more popular at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts.
# The ACT is more popular at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.

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The '''SAT''', originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now known solely by its initials, is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is serves the same concept, purpose but not isn't necessarily the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:
# The SAT is more popular at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts.
Coasts (mostly the latter).
# The ACT is more popular at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.South (mostly the latter).



* AchievementTestOfDestiny: For a long time, the SAT has reigned as the most important factor in college admissions. However, grades seem to have overtaken it. Also, some colleges these days don't require students to take the SAT or ACT to get in (but students are still encouraged to do so).

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* AchievementTestOfDestiny: For a long time, the SAT has reigned as the most important factor in college admissions. However, grades seem to have overtaken it. Also, some colleges these days don't require students to take the SAT or ACT to get in (but students are still encouraged to do so).take the test).
26th Feb '16 10:48:30 AM KYCubbie
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In 2005, the SAT was heavily revamped, most notably changing from a base-1600 score to a base-2400 score. Older programs will reference the old scoring system.

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\n# Before 2016, the SAT had a "guessing penalty"—an incorrect answer took away points from a student's raw score. The ACT has never had such a penalty.

In 2005, the SAT was heavily revamped, most notably changing from a base-1600 score to a base-2400 score. Older programs will reference the old original scoring system.
system. The SAT was heavily revamped again in 2016, with the first exams under the new format to be administered in March of that year. The writing section will be made optional, scores will once again be base-1600, and the guessing penalty will be removed.
24th Feb '16 10:16:05 PM KYCubbie
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The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, but not the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:

to:

The '''SAT''', originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now known solely by its initials, is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, but not the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:
24th Feb '16 10:15:18 PM KYCubbie
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The grad school version of this is the [=GRE=] (Graduate Record Examination).

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The grad school version of this is the [=GRE=] GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
Examination), though some programs also accept the MAT (Miller Analogies Test). Most first-professional degree programs have their own versions:
* Business school: GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
* Dental school: DAT (Dental Admission Test)
* Law school: LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
* Medical school: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
* Pharmacy school: PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
Veterinary schools used to have their own test, the VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test), but they now require either the GRE or the MCAT, depending on the school.
14th Feb '16 2:19:36 PM TMNTFanGirl
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# Each section of the ACT is worth 800 points while each section of the ACT is worth 36-points (a student's composite ACT score is the average of the student's scaled scores for the test sections they did--whether or not they did the writing section in addition to the four required sections).

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# Each section of the ACT SAT is worth 800 points while each section of the ACT is worth 36-points (a student's composite ACT score is the average of the student's scaled scores for the test sections they did--whether or not they did the writing section in addition to the four required sections).
14th Feb '16 2:18:44 PM TMNTFanGirl
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The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, except it also covers science and social studies and it's a base-36 score--the SAT is more common at schools on the East and West Coasts while the ACT is more common at schools in the Midwest and South.

to:

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, except it but not the same thing. The main difference between the SAT and the ACT are:
# The SAT is more popular at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts.
# The ACT is more popular at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.
# The ACT
also covers science and social studies in addition to reading, writing and it's a base-36 score--the SAT is more common at schools math--the writing section on the East and West Coasts while the ACT is more common at schools in also optional.
# Each section of
the Midwest and South.
ACT is worth 800 points while each section of the ACT is worth 36-points (a student's composite ACT score is the average of the student's scaled scores for the test sections they did--whether or not they did the writing section in addition to the four required sections).



* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even middle school--however, many parents still have their children go to SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes. Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (not that you ''shouldn't'' study for it).

to:

* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even in middle school--however, many parents still have their children go to things like SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes. Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (not that you ''shouldn't'' (at least not in the same you'd study for it).a regular test).
7th Dec '15 5:16:56 PM TMNTFanGirl
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The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, except it also covers science and social studies and it's a base-36 score--the SAT is more common at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts while the ACT is more common at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.

In 2005 the test was heavily revamped, most notably changing from a base-1600 score to a base-2400 score. Older programs will reference the old scoring system.

to:

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is the same concept, except it also covers science and social studies and it's a base-36 score--the SAT is more common at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts while the ACT is more common at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.

In 2005 2005, the test SAT was heavily revamped, most notably changing from a base-1600 score to a base-2400 score. Older programs will reference the old scoring system.



* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even middle school (however, many parents still have their children go to SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes). Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (not that you ''shouldn't'' study for it).

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* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even middle school (however, school--however, many parents still have their children go to SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes).classes. Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (not that you ''shouldn't'' study for it).
6th Aug '15 11:43:05 AM TMNTFanGirl
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The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is basically the same thing, except it also covers science and social studies and it's a base-36 score--the SAT is more common at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts while the ACT is more common at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.

to:

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing (which is now optional) and math. Generally, taking the SAT is considered a culminating moment in a teen's education and is the subject of much stress and studying. Its lesser known competitor is the ACT, which is basically the same thing, concept, except it also covers science and social studies and it's a base-36 score--the SAT is more common at private schools and schools on the East and West Coasts while the ACT is more common at public schools and schools in the Midwest and South.



* AchievementTestOfDestiny: For a long time, the SAT has reigned as the most important factor in college admissions. However, grades seem to have overtaken it. Also, some colleges these days don't require students to take the SAT or ACT to get in.

to:

* AchievementTestOfDestiny: For a long time, the SAT has reigned as the most important factor in college admissions. However, grades seem to have overtaken it. Also, some colleges these days don't require students to take the SAT or ACT to get in.in (but students are still encouraged to do so).



* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even middle school (however, many parents still have their children go to SAT prep classes). Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (not that you ''shouldn't'' study for it).

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* CramSchool: Generally averted; the material on the SATs is learned mostly in early high school and even middle school (however, many parents still have their children go to SAT prep SAT[=/=]ACT-prep classes). Also, standardized tests aren't something you can necessarily study for (not that you ''shouldn't'' study for it).
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