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The College Board Adversity Score: A Middle Class Disaster

Max Dunat | @m_dunattt

Yesterday, the College Board, which administers the SAT and associated exams, announced that it has begun to incorporate an “adversity score,” which measures socioeconomic background, into its test scoring regimen. This additional score runs from a scale of zero to one hundred; it considers factors fifteen ranging from the education quality and academic rigor of the applicant’s high school to crime and poverty statistics from the applicant’s neighborhood. Does it have any merits?

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The SAT’s Environmental Context Dashboard System

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

College application season has long passed, as has the time to receive college acceptance letters for most of the country. However, the season that does not stop is SAT and ACT testing. The College Board recently announced that they would be implementing a new “Environmental Context Dashboard” system. This would impact the SAT score by accounting for the crime rate of the student’s residency. It will also factor the socioeconomic status of that geographic area. All sides of the political aisle have either given praise or criticism to this decision. However, this is the sort of decision that one can’t brush off as either solely “good” or “bad”.

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College Board Under Fire for SAT Scoring Procedure

By Andrew Zirkle | United States

A recent scandal is affecting the College Board and one of their primary products, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In recent days, many students are criticizing the test’s scoring.

College Board gives the test 7 times a year and markets it as a college preparation test. They market it as an accurate measure of language and math skills.

The SAT Scoring System

The SAT has a fairly intricate scoring system. However, each student receives a score between 200 and 800 for both the language and math sections. Of course, to prevent cheating, every test is different. Due to the differences, which may slightly affect difficulty, the College Board has to “curve” the results up or down. This means that the same number of correct answers can give a slightly higher or lower score if the questions are a little easier or harder than average.

Naturally, such a subjective curving system may lead to some disapproval from students. In particular, the June 2018 SAT scoring procedures and curve are widely unpopular.

College Board Controversy

A strong wave of controversy met the June 2018 SAT scores, which College Board released Wednesday morning. The reason? The harsh scoring curve hurt a large number of test takers’ scores.

Hundreds of students bombarded the College Board’s Twitter, many brandishing the hashtag #rescoreJuneSAT in the hopes that the College Board would explain or offer to correct the harsh scoring policy on the test.

The lamenting continued on r/SAT, an online subreddit community dedicated to the test. Posts pointing out the scoring’s harsh nature flooded the group of over 19,000. Among these posts were calls for action against College Board. Students have also started informal petitions in an attempt to call attention to the harsh scoring policies.

Despite being active on social media today, the College Board has not yet responded to these attacks. This scandal, in addition to others, may hurt the test’s popularity. As of 2012, the test had fewer takers than the ACT, the other major college prep test.

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