Take this SAT History quiz. Don’t worry, the questions aren’t about the history of the SAT, just about historic events that happened in key years of the test’s evolution. Information comes from the College Board website
1901: First standardized college admission test, essay-only, is administered by the newly formed College Entrance Examination Board. What film maker/theme park creator is born?
1926: First multiple-choice SAT. What honey-loving bear debuts in children’s stories?
1937: The College Board introduces SAT Subject Tests, dubbed “Achievement tests,” allowing students to show their knowledge in individual subjects. What book about a short, ring-finding fellow is published?
1939: Machine-scored answer sheets — of fill-in-the-bubble fame — are introduced in SATs. What comic book caped crusader debuts?
1958: Students are allowed to see their SAT scores for the first time. Until then only high schools and colleges viewed the scores. Who takes top honors in the first Grammy awards?
1969: SAT begins offering fee waivers for students from low-income families. Name two epic firsts that year, one providing new access in space and one providing access to your bank account.
1984: The College Board publishes two books to familiarize students with both the SAT and the Achievement Tests, officially re-dubbed SAT Subject Tests. What personal computer arrives on the market??
1994: Antonym questions are removed from the SAT and electronic calculators are allowed for the math test, nearly a quarter century after the first pocket calculators went on sale. What massive underground passage is completed?
2005: SAT undergoes a major overhaul with the removal of quantitative comparison and analogy questions, addition of third-year math questions and a new writing test.What solar system-changing demotion occurs?
2009: The College Board introduces “Score Choice,” allowing student to choose which SAT scores get sent to colleges if they have taken the test multiple time, and which individual SAT Subject Test results they send. What vampires vs. werewolves book series hits the movie theaters?
Answers: 1901: Walt Disney; 1926: Winnie the Pooh; 1937: The Hobbit; 1939: Batman; 1958: Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como; 1969: Man lands on the moon and the ATM is introduced in the United States; 1984: The Apple Macintosh; 1994: the Chunnel; 2005: Pluto is declared a “dwarf planet;” 2009: “The Twilight Saga.”