The Scholastic Aptitude Test, typically referred to by the initials SAT, is undoubtedly the biggest test most American students will take before they turn 18. Usually taken when a student is in their third year of high school (11th grade), the SAT was created to test readiness for post-secondary school, typically a college or university.
For many years, the test was divided into three sections: Math, Reading, and Writing & Language. In 2005, a third section was added: A written essay based on a prompt. The test was updated again in 2008 and 2012.
Today, SAT scores are a major factor in determining whether or not a high school graduate is admitted to college. Competitive schools prefer students with higher scores. Accordingly, most students spend years preparing for the SAT test, typically during the end of grade school. Parents invest big money in private tutors, training classes, and practice test materials to ensure their children receive scores that will get them into the best possible schools.
Studying the material on the test is certainly important, but it's not the only thing you need to do well on the SAT. Test how much you know about "soft skills" that may not seem critical, but when combined with plenty of preparation, can help you earn a top score.