The board also needs to take a closer look at the test itself. Research, including a 2010 study published in the Harvard Educational Review, has found the test uses cultural expressions and language more familiar to white test takers. Blacks with the same academic background and smarts as whites scored lower on the verbal section. If the College Board really wants to address potential biases in the test, it should look at the way questions are worded. The board has consistently denied bias in test questions, saying that each question is scrutinized rigorously. It instead says that societal inequities, such as poverty and poor schools, contribute to the disparities in test scores.