New adversity score will be implemented in SAT exams

New adversity score will be implemented in SAT exams

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

About two million students take the SAT each year in hopes of getting a score high enough to get into college, but next year, a new section of the exam will take students' hardships into account. 

It is called the adversity score.

The score will be calculated by 15 factors, including the student's high school quality, crime and poverty rate of the student's neighborhood, and other socioeconomic factors. 

Ethan Logan, the associate vice president of enrollment management at Texas Tech said this will provide valuable insight about prospective students.

"We only know about the student in terms of their test score and what the student provides to us with an application. This is supplemental information that provides us with a little more context about where they're coming from and the environment that they came up in, in terms of their high school performance," Logan said.

The rating will not affect the actual test scores, but it will be sent confidentially to college admissions agents.

Jamie Hansard, Tech's executive director of admissions, said there are plenty of holes with this new score. 

"I think it's hard to quantify any environmental situation. How do you quantify that into a number? I don't know how many people are specifically looking at that number or just looking at the information that's provided in there," Hansard said.

She said while the rating may be a deciding factor for other schools, Tech already checks the socioeconomic background of its applicants. 

"It's not going to change the policy. It's just another factor and another piece of information we can add to the holistic profile of student we're reviewing," Hansard said.

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