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'Adversity Factor' Added For College Entrance Exam

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There are two entrance exams available to students who are seeking admission into American colleges. There is the SAT and the ACT. For international students, in addition, most will need to take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam to assess English proficiency.

Last year, about 2.1 million students took the SAT while just over 1.9 million took the ACT. Nonetheless, the SAT has been the most well-known of the two exams for quite some time. 

A few years ago, the SAT scoring structure was changed and it now focuses on two subjects: English (reading and writing) and math.

This past week, the CollegeBoard, the organization that writes the SAT, announced an 'adversity factor' that will be added to the exam. Even though they are keeping secret how this factor is derived, they are saying that it assesses a student's academic environment. In essence, it is suppose to reveal how much adversity a student had to overcome in order to achieve whatever score they received on the exam.

This is a more subjective approach in determining the college readiness of students. Colleges and universities in America are becoming less and less dependent on exam scores while taking in consideration a student's holistic readiness for college. In a word, they are more interested in the 'person' rather than a score. As a result of this, they are becoming less dependent on exam scores.

I am very well aware of how the CollegeBoard works and am more well aware of how to prepare students to take the English portion of the exam. My two latest students who took it, scored 1540 and 1520 out of a possible 1600 for the exam.

I am also well aware of the many problems that the CollegeBoard and ETS (Educational Testing Services who actually administers the exam) have faced both in America and abroad. I'll follow up this blog with explaining certain aspects of how they operate.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Reply Report kevinruud 2019-5-21 23:04
The US do not have any problems of college education that Chinese people have. Even now China is faced with the loss of students because some of them choose to study outside China, the expansion of colleges has resulted in the lower quality of education. Lastest news reports that even retired soldiers, new generation of farmers and jobless workers could be directly enrolled into vocational colleges, which will certainly worsen the scenario.

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