SAT to Add ‘Adversity Score’ to Factor in Student Hardships

The adversity score will take into consideration a student's neighborhood, family and school environments and then generate a number based on those factors

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The SAT exam, used by a majority of colleges to grant entrance, will be adding an “adversity score” to the test that will take into account a student’s socioeconomic background in an effort to help colleges take a more rounded approach in the admissions process.

The new measure, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is aimed at factoring in student hardships that are not reflected in test scores.

"Through its history, the College Board has been focused on finding unseen talent. The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less. It enables colleges to witness the strength of students in a huge swath of America who would otherwise be overlooked," said David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT.

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