University of California System drops SAT, ACT requirement

The implications of The University of California System announcement to drop the SAT, ACT requirement for the 10 UC Universities vary greatly depending on an applicants’ residency status, at least for the next few years.

In response to the COVID-19 crises, the UC’s have moved to test optional for all incoming freshman (classes of 2021 and 2022). Applications will be reviewed holistically, but ALL students should continue to submit information that positively supports their candidacy, including test scores. Think of your test score results as extra credit!

For the coming classes of 2023 and 2024, the UC’s will use a “Test Blind” policy for California students ONLY! Out-of-state and international applicants will still greatly benefit from submitting their scores. Beyond 2024, the UC system is looking to develop its own proprietary test which, if developed, will be required of all California applicants. Out-of-state and international students may be required to take the UC test, possibly in addition to traditional testing.

Covid-19 has prompted many universities to review their testing policies. However, the long-term plans for many schools remains uncertain. The UC decision may have a ripple affect across other universities in the future, but for now, test scores, in conjunction with GPA, course rigor, activities, essays provide a more complete picture of each student and together, help support admission applications to UC college.

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Tess Robinson