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Many colleges require the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for admission because it is a standard way of measuring a student's ability to do college-level work. Because courses and grading standards vary widely from school to school, scores on standardized tests, like the SAT, help colleges compare your academic achievements with those of students from different schools.

Remember, too, that colleges look at other things when making admission decisions -- like your high school record, essays, recommendations, interviews and extracurricular activities. Your SAT test score is just one of many tools that help colleges make admission decisions.