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American English Abbreviations and Acronyms


the UK – United Kingdom
the USSR
– Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
– Los Angeles
DC – District of Colombia



JFK John F. Kennedy
MLK  Martin Luther King



GPA – grade point average
SAT’s – Scholastic Aptitude Test
Currently SAT doesn’t stand for anything. It originally stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test.
GRE’s Graduate Record Examinations
GMAT  Graduate Management Admission Test
Note that the correct pronunciation is “gee-Matt.”
BA  Bachelor of Arts
BS  Bachelor of Science
MBA Master of Business Administration
MA  Master of Arts
PHD  Doctor of Philosophy
DARE  Drug Abuse Resistance Education
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