All UCs are Test-Free for Fall 2022

All UCs have committed to be test-free (test-blind) for Fall 2022 (and some beyond that, to Fall 2024), either with an explicit statement regarding Fall 2022 and/or Fall 2024, or with changed wording on the freshman admission website to indicate that, generally, ACT/SAT will not be considered. For an explanation and links to written proof from each UC campus, purchase an updated back issue of my February 2021 Freshman Newsletter ($25; also includes a year-by-year middle school & high school UC admission preparation guide); on the PayPal payment confirmation page, scroll down and click “Return to Merchant” button to access the download!

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April 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

This is not good news! Just really discriminated kids without difficult backgrounds who tested well. UCs are more and more not available to California students. Just very sad.

Ms. Sunreply
April 22, 2021 at 12:22 pm
– In reply to: Laura

Everything is unfair to everyone at one point or another, in one way or another. Life is unfair.

April 27, 2021 at 1:13 pm

Life is unfair, I agree. Does any student regardless of whether they are a from a background that predicts good test scores or not really benefit from standardized testing? I am thrilled that the UCs are doing away with this and would much rather students spend their time bettering their communities, engaging in academics that interest them or anything besides preparing for and taking a standardized test. I just hope they don’t create their own entrance exam as the entire process should be more streamlined for UCs and other institutions.

Ms. Sunreply
April 27, 2021 at 4:13 pm
– In reply to: Claudia

I’m against testing primarily because of the uncertainty; for testing, time investment and effort are not always directly proportional to score improvement, but in coursework, time investment and effort are usually directly proportional to grades. I’d rather students invest 100 hours taking two AP classes and get A’s in both than spending the same amount of time for possible score improvement.

Recommendations thus far do not seem to favor a new, UC-specific test.

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