UPDATE (6/15/2021) – UCs have officially announced the removal of ACT/SAT from the admission decision and scholarship processes between Fall 2022 and Fall 2024 in the June 2021 UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin, the announcement also includes information/explanation for 1) a plan to evaluate a replacement assessment (Smarter Balanced Assessment); 2) how the Statewide Index (for guaranteed admission) will be calculated going forward; and 3) suspension of Admission by Exam.
The UCs reached a settlement today (5/14/2021) with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the UCs’ use of ACT and SAT test scores for admission evaluation, which alleged the use of test scores discriminated against certain students. The settlement effectively extends the UCs’ test-free policy from now until the Fall 2024 application cycle (November 2023 application deadline). The UCs had already planned to stop using ACT and SAT test scores for admission evaluation with the Fall 2025 application cycle (with provisions to allow a new assessment to be implemented). As of right now, the UCs have not made any definitive statements about a replacement assessment (recommendations released thus far seem to indicate the UCs may remain test-free for Fall 2025 and thereafter).
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