College Board’s First Standardized Test, 1901

On this date in 1901, 973 college-bound high school students sharpened their pencils for the first ever standardized test administered by the College Board. This precursor to the SAT featured tests in history, English, German, Latin, French, Greek, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Exams were then read by experts in the subject and rated as Excellent, Good, Doubtful, Poor, or Very Poor (ouch!).

That makes today’s test seem like a breeze!

College Board: Vexing students since 1901.

Further Reading:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/sats/where/1901.html

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