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Criticisms Of New SAT 'Adversity Score' Continue To Mount

• by Jennifer Kabbany

Few think it's a good idea to give students an "overall disadvantage level" ranking.

First, conservative scholar Heather Mac Donald laid out several big problems with the new index, noting it's basically affirmative action and reinforces the soft bigotry of low expectations.

The College Fix's senior reporter Christian Schneider also weighed in, calling it "just another invitation for fraud."

"Clearly, lying about one's racial identity is wrong – but in a country where racial makeup is growing more complex and college admittance is as competitive as ever, students can hardly be blamed for trying to give themselves a leg up," he opined.

"Colleges are basically begging to be duped – this is akin to publishing your HBO NOW login credentials online and politely asking people not to use your password to watch 'Game of Thrones.'"

Over at The Daily Signal, Kenny Xu, a math major at Davidson College, pointed out that "the SAT's new 'adversity score' isn't just unfair. It's self-destructive." Xu wrote: