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SAT scores will take students’ hardships into account

The College Board is rolling out a new system that assigns SAT test-takers a score based on the environment they grew up in.

Dubbed the Environmental Context Dashboard, the score will give prospective colleges another point of information that takes into account students’ socio-economic backgrounds as well as factors like the rigor of their high schools.

The move drew criticism and praise for its attempt to add more context to students’ scores on an exam that has long been seen as catering to students from upper-class upbringing and more affluent neighborhoods. Such factors can provide advantages by allowing people to have more time and resources to prepare for the test.