SAT test

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The SAT is adding an 'adversity score' that factors in student's background

15 different factors including the poverty level and crime rate of the student's neighborhood would be taken into consideration.

May 16, 2019 - 2:26 pm
Categories: 

NEW YORK (KFTK) — The College Board, which administers the SAT exam, is preparing to add an 'adversity score' that weighs a student's cultural and economic background when calculating its score.

The 'adversity score' will weigh 15 different factors including the poverty level and crime rate of the student's neighborhood and the quality of their high school, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Students would not see their score but it would be available to universities when reviewing a student's application. But some are protesting the change, saying students should be admitted based on individual merits and nothing more.  

Majorities across racial and ethnic groups say colleges should not consider race in admissions
Pew Research Center

"There are a number of amazing students who may have scored less (on the SAT) but have accomplished more," David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, told the Journal. "We can't sit on our hands and ignore the disparities of wealth reflected in the SAT."

About 50 colleges including Yale University are already using adversity scores and 100 more will implement them this fall. The goal is to have it used widely by 2021.

In a recent survey done by Pew Research Center, 73% of U.S. citizens said "colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making decisions about student admissions."

Click here to read more.

© 2019 KFTK (Entercom). All rights reserved.