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About the SAT  
The SAT, formally known as the SAT Reasoning Test, is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. Written by the College Board and administered seven times per year, the SAT is intended to measure critical reasoning skills and tests three major areas: math, critical reading, and writing.

The SAT is mostly a multiple choice exam, although there is now an essay section (25 minutes), and the math section contains ten questions (a.k.a. grid-ins) to which students must provide their own answers. A student's score from the nearly four-hour test is the sum of the scores from the three sections, each of which is scored on a scale of 200 - 800 (max SAT score = 2400). High school students typically take the SAT in their junior or senior year before applying to colleges.

It is always helpful to keep in mind that the College Board is a private company, certainly not a government agency or a consortium of university professors. The College Board has created a sort of high-stakes game which, with sufficient effort and expertise, can be conquered.

The SAT was changed substantially in March, 2005. The top score changed from 1600 to 2400 due to the addition of the Writing section, which is two-thirds grammar and one-third a timed essay, and which is very similar to what used to be called the SAT II Writing Test (which, consequently, no longer exists). For those parents who remember the SATs of previous times, there are no longer any antonyms or analogies. "What is to what as something is to something?" Gone.

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