SAT to Factor Crime & Poverty Levels Into Test Scores

Big changes are being made towards SAT configuration scores. The change comes after the recent college admission scandal brought against powerful and wealthy parents accused of paying to get their children into elite universities. The non-profit group that administers the college admissions test is adding an “Adversity Score” that will measure factors such as the crime and poverty levels of a student’s neighborhood.

Students will be scored on a scale of 1 to100 based on data from records like the U.S. Census. Any number above 50 will indicate more hardship. Colleges will be able to see the score when considering applicants, however students themselves won’t know their scores. So far, 50 colleges and universities have already tried out the new measure and the College Board expects to expand it to 150 more schools this year.


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