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A nostalgic trip down memory lane with the SAT [SLIDESHOW]

The people who bring you the SAT have apparently gotten antsy with their test again. Last month, the College Board announced that the test will soon undergo a massive overhaul — something that hasn’t happened since early in George W. Bush’s second term.

Before that makeover, the test had been a rock of permanence since Bill Clinton was president. Before that — in a stretch of immutability that may never again be equaled — the SAT had remained basically the same since 1974.

Indeed, the SAT has changed constantly and massively since 1926 when it was created by a man who said American education was in a decay that would accelerate “as the racial mixture becomes more and more extensive.”

In the slideshow below, The Daily Caller takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the peculiar American institution that is the SAT, from its origins to the present day.

(Very special thanks to PBS and tutor extraordinaire Erik Jacobsen for collecting many of the facts presented here.)

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