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Entry from October 08, 2014
Student Affluence Test ("SAT” backronym)

The SAT test (popularly used in college admissions) once stood for “Scholastic Aptitude Test” and then “Scholastic Assessment Test.” There have been many backronyms (back acronyms) for “SAT,” such as “Stupid Ass Test.”

“SAT Scores and Income Inequality: How Wealthier Kids Rank Higher” by Josh Zumbrun was published in a blog of The Wall Street Journal on October 7, 2014. Zumbrun wrote:

“SAT originally stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test. But parsing the results by income suggests it’s also a Student Affluence Test.”

“Student Affluence Test” had been cited before. “The SAT has always been a Student Affluence Test, and the new and revised version will only be more so” was printed in U.S. News & World Report in 2002.

The SAT has also been called the similar backronymic nicknames of “Standardized Affluence Test” (cited on Twitter on March 5, 2014) and “Scholastic Affluence Test” (cited in a 2008 book and on Twitter on August 24, 2014).


Wikipedia: SAT
The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.

The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college.

Google Books
U.S. News & World Report
Volume 133
2002
Pg. 192:
THE SAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A Student Affluence Test, and the new and revised version will only be more so.

Google Books
Hack the SAT:
Strategies and Sneaky Shortcuts That Can Raise Your Score Hundreds of Points

By Eliot Schrefer
New York, NY: Gotham Books
2008
Pg. 20:
Stand for Nothing: A History of the SAT’s Name
When the SAT was introduced in 1901, it was announced as the Scholastic Achievement Test ... As one of my students suggested, perhaps it should really be called the Scholastic Affluence Test.

Twitter
Brant Strand
‏@bstrand
Standardized Affluence Test RT @MattBruenig: SAT scores
3:53 PM - 5 Mar 2014

Twitter
Thomas H. Ptacek ‏@tqbf Aug 24
“The SAT is supposed to measure aptitude, but what it actually measures is parental income, which it tracks quite closely”

Alex Gantman
‏@againsthimself
@tqbf @thegrugq Scholastic Affluence Test
5:41 PM - 24 Aug 2014

The Wall Street Journal—Real Time Economics blog
5:29 pm ET Oct 7, 2014 ECONOMY
SAT Scores and Income Inequality: How Wealthier Kids Rank Higher
By JOSH ZUMBRUN
SAT originally stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test. But parsing the results by income suggests it’s also a Student Affluence Test.

On average, students in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket on every section of the test, according to calculations from the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (also known as FairTest), using data provided by the College Board, which administers the test.

Zero Hedge
Want To Score High On The SAT? Pick Rich Parents
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/08/2014 18:42 -0400
While money (reportedly) can’t buy love, it appears, according to The WSJ, that it can buy brains. On average, based on calculations from FairTest, students in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket on every section of the test. Rather stunningly, students from the wealthiest families outscored those from the poorest by just shy of 400 points. As WSJ’s Josh Zumbrun so poetically notes, perhaps SAT should more appropriately stand for Student Affluence Test.

Twitter
william shepherd
‏@wshepherd
BTW:  @kimmaytube
MT @TimAeppel: SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test
Results by income⇨Student Affluence Test
10:05 PM - 8 Oct 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, October 08, 2014 • Permalink