The SAT College Entrance Exam, an exam taken by about two million students each year is adding an "Adversity Score."
The score is intended to help level the playing field for those applying to college.
David Coleman the CEO of the College Board, the organization that administers the SATs, says, "What this tool allows us to see is there is so much more talent out there than a test score reveals alone."
The college board also says the adversity score will be a number between 1 and 100.
It will be calculated using 15 factors, including the crime rate and poverty level of the student's home neighborhood, the relative quality of the student's high school, family income, and environment.
The score will *not* be reported to students and parents, only to college officials.
But there is a question from critics, "How difficult is it to put a number on adversity?"
Brian Rutledge, Director of College Counseling at Woodward Academy says, "I don't think it can reasonably be done. It risks reducing something that is very human to a number
When ask to respond to critics who argue this could be a form of reverse discrimination, Dr. Duke Bradley, the principal of Benjamin Banneker H.S. in Georgia responds, "Well, I think it's difficult to say that especially when you come from a kind of perch of privilege."
Many of his students live in poverty.
When asked if he believes students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds have an advantage in taking the SATs, Bradley said, "I believe they do because of the many resources they actually have."
The Adversity Score's official name is the Environmental Diversity Context Dashboard.
And it has already been used by 50 colleges as part of a trial period in 2018.
150 schools are excepted to use it this fall and it will be rolled out more broadly in 2020.
Copyright 2019 NBC and WILX. WILX contributed to this report.