The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the main standardized test used by colleges to determine the quality of applicants in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, covering reading, writing, 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.
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.
Britain also has two exams called [=SATs=], but they're pronounced as words (sats) and taken before [[GCSEs GCSEs]].[[hottip:*: 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. ]]