SAT to give ‘adversity score’ to take hardships into account

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(ABC) – In the wake of the college admissions scandal, the organization behind the SAT announced all students will not get an adversity score.

The score will be given alongside the actual test score.

Here’s how it works…

On a scale of 1 to 100 – the college board will calculate a student’s disadvantage level by looking at the student’s neighborhood, family and school.

Fifteen factors will be examined closely such as crime, poverty rate and median income in their neighborhood.

“I think this tool is completely honest and says to students with less, we get that you have less, we’re honest about that, but you can still achieve at a very high level, and tell students with a lot of privilege, hey we recognize that about you too, and we will expect more from you.”

The students won’t be shown the adversity scores, but universities will.

Fifty schools have already tested the system and another 150 have signed up for the rollout.

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(This story was originally published on May 13, 2019)

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