Kaplan Test Prep Issues Statement on the College Board’s Decision to Assign SAT® Takers an “Adversity Score”

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New York, NY (May 16, 2019) — The following statement about the College Board’s decision to assign an “adversity score” to each student who takes the SAT, in order to give colleges information on applicants’ social and economic backgrounds, comes from Jeff Thomas, executive director of admissions programs, Kaplan Test Prep:

“Elite colleges have long been grappling with ways to diversify their student population, and in fact the elimination of the standardized test requirement has become one target for experimentation. But standardized tests, when used as one part of a larger set of considerations, serve a unique and valuable purpose as a common yardstick for evaluating students across different schools and different systems.

“What it seems the adversity score is looking to do is to provide greater context around students’ test performance, and enable schools to take socioeconomic factors into consideration. We are in support of this type of metric if it creates greater opportunities for underserved students and helps level the playing field for those who might otherwise not have access — in fact, Kaplan was founded by the son of immigrants who believed that all students should be given the opportunity to put their best foot forward, no matter what their background. But it would be helpful to better understand the research behind the scoring system, as there’s no transparency in how it’s being calculated. To that end, it remains to be seen how admissions officers will evaluate an adversity score relative to the more traditional admissions factors. Suffice it to say, it won’t trump the importance of factors like GPA and SAT scores, though it may offer additional context.

“We advise students to do their best and be ready for the SAT rather than counting on an adversity score they won’t know to improve their chances for admission and scholarships.

“We will be exploring this emerging issue as part of our annual college admissions officers survey and will share what we learn to provide students and parents with accurate and up-to-date information as they navigate the admissions process.”

To schedule an interview with a college admissions expert at Kaplan, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 212.453.7538.

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Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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