The SAT adds a new score: adversity

Amy Scott May 16, 2019
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The SAT adds a new score: adversity

Amy Scott May 16, 2019
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In addition to math, reading, writing and the optional essay, students will now be scored on “adversity” — a score based on the hurdles they may face, such as neighborhood crime or poverty.

Students and parents won’t see the score, but college admissions officers will.

An example of the Environmental Context Dashboard some colleges are now using in admissions decisions. Credit: The College Board

It’s yet another attempt by the College Board to keep its core product, the SAT, relevant, as colleges seek to diversify their student bodies and students argue in court that admission standards are unfair.

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