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SAT to add 'adversity score' considering quality of students' home lives

SAT to add 'adversity score' considering quality of students' home lives

May 17, 2019 12:37 PM

There's a new controversy over class and privilege when it comes to college admissions.

The SAT, the entrance exam taken by about two million students each year, is adding an "adversity score" intended to help level the playing field.

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The College Board, which administers the entrance exam, says the adversity score will be a number between 1 and 100 that is calculated using 15 factors -- including the crime rate and poverty level of the student's home neighborhood, the relative quality of the student's high school, family income and environment.

The score will not be reported to students and parents -- only college officials.

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