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The first Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) was primarily multiple-choice and was administered on June 23, 1926 to 8,040 candidates - 60% of whom were male. The test consisted of nine sub-tests: Definitions, Arithmetical Problems, Classification, Artificial Language, Antonyms, Number Series, Analogies, Logical Inference, and Paragraph Reading, and was given in 353 locations in 318 centers. Each candidate received a practice booklet with samples of all tests one week before the examination to become familiar with the tests. Most men who took the first SAT (26%) applied to Yale University, and most women (27%) to Smith College.

Here are some sample questions from the 1926 SAT:

Sub-Test Two

In each line the numbers are arranged in accordance with some particular scheme. Write in the spaces at the margin the two numbers that should come next. The first two are answered correctly.

12345 6  &  7 
1311975 3  &  1 
124816     &     
1491625     &     
5681115     &     
1/161/83/161/45/16     &     
121100816449     &     
2223212420     &     
.0001.0004.0009.0016.0025     &     
1/81/81/43/43     &     

Sub-Test Four

Each group contains six words. Three of these are related to each other in some definite way. Indicated which three are thus MOST CLOSELY RELATED by inserting the numbers of these words in the spaces at the right. The first two are answered correctly.

dollringflowerdrumtopshoe 1   4  &  5 
beancarrotpotatobeetlettucecabbage 2   3  &  4 
acehearsspadescardstrumpsdiamonds        &    
snowskislidesledtobogganice        &    
stooltablechairdeskboxsofa        &    
flyoarswimpropellerscalefin        &    
daynightstarpumpkinlampsun        &    
wagefeemoneysalarywealthlegacy        &    
povertyhonestybeautydiligencecourageconceit        &    
organpianoviolinbanjocornetdrum        &    
tennisgolfbaseballarcherychessfootball        &    
orecoalrainstovewindwater-fall        &    
clerksinbinplantclothtin        &    
butcherstokersurgeonmillinerlawyerminister        &    
CubaAsiaAlaskaAfricaRussiaAustralia        &    


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