The SAT (offiically named the SAT Reasoning Test) is a standardized test used as a factor in undergraduate college admissions. The SAT is designed to help colleges predict an applicant's performance in the first year of college, thus it's used to help make admissions decisions. This test, along with the rest of your child's application (grades, extracurriculars, etc) will be weighed against perhaps thousands of other students. It is, in theory, the one "level-playing field", wherein everyone has, again, in theory, competed equally.
The SAT has three sections Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing Skills and takes about 4 hours to complete.
Who takes the SAT?