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    UC announces changes to SAT/ACT requirement


    UC approved the suspension of the exam requirement for all freshman applicants until fall 2024 and is continuing to address the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

    You should begin taking these exams in the spring of your junior year. All testing must be concluded by December of your senior year. You can also register for these exams through your Naviance account.


    • Test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022: Campuses will have the option to use ACT/SAT test scores in selection consideration if applicants choose to submit them, and will develop appropriate policies and procedures to implement the Board’s decision.
    • Test-blind for fall 2023 and fall 2024: Campuses will not consider test scores for California public and independent high school applicants in admissions selection, a practice known as “test-blind” admissions. Test scores could still be considered for other purposes such as course placement, certain scholarships and eligibility for the statewide admissions guarantee.
    • Elimination of the ACT/SAT test requirement: By 2025, any use of the ACT/SAT would be eliminated for California students and a new UC-endorsed test to measure UC-readiness would be required. However, if by 2025 the new test is either unfeasible or not ready, consideration of the ACT/SAT for freshman admissions would still be eliminated for California students.
    • Elimination of writing test: The University will eliminate altogether the SAT Essay/ACT Writing Test as a requirement for UC undergraduate admissions, and these scores will not be used at all effective for fall 2021 admissions.


    CSU to Suspend Standardized Testing Requirement for Upcoming Admission Cycles


    The California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.




    All colleges and universities require either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. The University of California and some very selective independent universities also require two SAT Subject Tests.


    You should begin taking these exams in the spring of your junior year. All testing must be concluded by December of your senior year.


    Try this Princeton Review Quiz to see which one is for you!

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    SAT Fee Waiver Information:

    Students with financial need may request a fee waiver for the SAT by visiting this website: http://www.collegeboard.org 








Last Modified on July 27, 2020