SAT Adding ‘Adversity Score’

The Collegeboard plans to give an adversity score to students who take the SAT in an effort to show their economic and social background. It will be calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from their high school and neighborhood. Students will not see their score, but colleges will. As a test, fifty colleges used the score last year. Collegeboard will increase this to 150 this fall.

The SAT has been a subject of controversy as more affluent students score better by a couple of hundred points mostly due to tutoring.

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