There's a big change coming to the SAT when it comes to how students earn their score.
The organization behind the exam said all test takers will now get an "adversity score," according to the Wall Street Journal. That score reflects their socio-economic background.
The adversity score takes into account 15 life factors such as crime rate and the poverty level in the student's neighborhood as well as their parents' income, the Wall Street Journal reports. The non-profit that administers the test reportedly has been concerned that income inequality influences SAT results.
This new system looks beyond the exam room and it's giving test takers a score based on the hardships in their lives.
Race is not a factor in the score. About 50 colleges reportedly used the system as a beta test in 2018. It expands to 150 institutions in the fall.
The adversity score is calculated from 1 to 100 and the scores will not be revealed to test takers. However, schools will see the numbers when reviewing college applications.
"Imagine that student who has grown up with less made a ton out of it, that's a great person to let into your highly resourced college because imagine what they'll do when they have all those resources," said College Board CEO Davis Coleman.
The change comes with America's College Admissions System in the spotlight after dozens of wealthy parents allegedly paid a lot of money to get their kids into elite universities.
Opponents said the change could put better-performing students at a disadvantage, but some educators said the new scoring system is a step in the right direction and helps level the playing field.
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