UC Test Score Submission Requirements and Deadline

If you already requested your SAT/SAT Subject/ACT scores to be sent to a UC campus, your scores will arrive on time.

SAT/ACT Score Submission

For SAT with Essay and ACT Plus Writing, you will need to send ONE official score report to ANY of the UC campuses to which you will apply. The scores are shared between the campuses and you do not need to send a separate score report to each UC campus. The score report must reach the UC campus before the end of December.

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SAT/SAT Subject Score Delivery Timeline

College Board has indicated that all UC campuses receive the score report electronically and that the score report will arrive within 2 weeks from the date you make the request. If you have not yet requested your scores to be sent, I highly recommend that you make a request no later than Friday, December 8, 2017.

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ACT Score Delivery Timeline

ACT has indicated that all UC campuses receive the score report electronically and delivery is completed within 2 days from the date you make the request, provided that your writing score is available. I highly recommend that you make a request no later than Friday, December 15, 2017.

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Score Delivery for December Tests

If you are still deciding whether to take the December test(s), keep in mind that College Board and ACT appear to experience frequent delays in reporting the scores, especially in recent years. In addition, many UCs start reviewing applications in mid-December (Berkeley starts in mid-November) and applicants who have indicated planned December tests are often held for later review in January. How later review may affect your application is unclear (although I have heard one application reader say that applicants reviewed later may be at a disadvantage). Therefore, I would only recommend the December test(s) if you are confident you can improve your score(s) significantly.

If you plan to take the December test(s), you should list ONE UC campus as a score recipient when you register for the test (your registration fee includes FOUR reports) so the score(s) will be sent with the December batch of scores (fastest processing). For the SAT, you can update the score recipients by logging into your College Board account. You have until nine days after test day to make the change. For the ACT, you can update the score recipients by logging into your ACT Web Account. You have until Thursday noon, Central Time, immediately following the regularly scheduled Saturday test date to make the change.

Make sure you also log back into the UC Application and self-report the December scores when you receive them. Many UCs will review the application with self-reported scores (although official score reports are required for verification). Promptly self-reporting your December scores can expedite the review of your application.

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Score Choice

The UCs discourage students from using Score Choice, citing delays in processing of the scores for distribution across the UC campuses. Although College Board has clarified that no such delay occurs on their side from Score Choice, I recommend that you make the score report request early or, if you are taking the December test, request the score to be sent using the four score reports included with the test registration.

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Rush/Priority Reporting

The Rush Reporting (SAT) and Priority Reporting (ACT) are sent as paper reports and the UCs cannot upload that information into the server and must wait for the actual scores to show up via electronic delivery. Always update the self-reported scores in the UC Application and send the report promptly using the methods described above. Don’t bother with the Rush Reporting (SAT) and Priority Reporting (ACT) because they are useless.

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AP Exam Scores

You are not required to submit AP exam scores until AFTER you are admitted and have chosen to enroll at a UC campus. Please self-report all AP exam scores you have received AND any AP exams you plan to take in May 2018 on the UC Application. If you have non-passing AP exam scores, remember that some UC campuses prefer to see you have attempted the AP exams even if you do not pass them, while other UCs are ok with you not reporting non-passing AP exam scores.
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  12 comments for “UC Test Score Submission Requirements and Deadline

  1. Rachel Rigoli
    November 4, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Hi — I was under the impression that you self report ACT/SAT scores on your application and you submit/order official scores once you are admitted so wanted to clarify.

  2. Alex Chun
    November 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    If I took the ACT more than once, do I have to send in all the scores, or can I just send in my best composite score? I don’t need to super score.

    • Ms. Sun
      November 13, 2017 at 8:28 AM

      You can just send in your best score from one test date. There is no penalty for sending only one score instead of all of the scores.

      The UCs ask for all scores because there are some hidden waivers they grant with certain test scores. For example, certain minimum scores will help students meet a-g requirements (for example, a score of 36+ from the SAT Writing and Language or score of 30+ from the ACT English Language Arts will satisfy the entire four-year English requirement) or exempt them from AWPE, the UC English placement exam (such as a score of 30+ from the ACT English Language Arts). Rather than launching into a complex explanation that will invariably lead students into making all sorts of incorrect assumptions (like, “oh, the UCs look at individual section scores,” which is not the case at all, except for engineering), the UCs just make a blanket request for all scores and sort out the waivers at the backend.

  3. Matthew
    November 15, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Which UC campuses prefer to see your AP exams and which are fine with you not reporting low scores? I do not want to self-report the 2 I got on the AP Physics exam since it might indicate grade inflation at my school, and so I really want to be informed about this situation. I am leaning towards not reporting the AP Physics score. Also, does not self-reporting a score have any negative consequences on admission when they see the official records of AP scores in the summer?

    • Ms. Sun
      November 15, 2017 at 4:29 PM

      If you are applying to engineering, not reporting or reporting a low score will be problematic. If you are not applying to engineering, you can probably just not report it (Berkeley is the only campus that says it wants to see students’ exam attempts even if they don’t end up passing them). Non-passing scores don’t affect your admission.

      • Matthew
        November 15, 2017 at 5:54 PM

        Oh sorry Ms. Sun, what I meant was if I don’t self-report that AP Physics score on the UC application, since UCs get the official report in the summer of all AP scores, will me not self-reporting that score cause them to think that I’m dishonest when they receive the official reports in the summer, since I did not self-report the score even though I took the test? And thank you for the quick reply!

        • Ms. Sun
          November 15, 2017 at 8:43 PM

          Sorry I wasn’t clear, I meant you not reporting non-passing AP exam scores will not affect your admission offer.

  4. Olivia
    November 16, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Hi Ms. Sun, I’m signed up to take the December ACT but am still considering if I should take it again or not. If I mark that I plan to take it in December on my UC app and end up getting a lower score than my last test, do I still have to send it in? Another question: could I just not mark that I’m taking the December one and send it in only if I actually improve?

    • Ms. Sun
      November 16, 2017 at 7:39 PM

      The ACT Writing score tends to come out much later, so I’m not even sure if you should take the December test (the scores may not arrive fast enough for the UCs to consider them).

      • Olivia
        November 16, 2017 at 7:57 PM

        On their website they said that the latest test we could take was the December one but we would have to indicate it as a planned test date on our apps and send it in at the end of December. I’m still not sure if that means I can change my mind about sending it in our not once I get my scores back.

        • Ms. Sun
          November 16, 2017 at 8:30 PM

          I’m not disputing that the UCs say they will accept December scores. What I am saying is that most UCs review applications between December and January, with some of them wrapping up by the end of January. If the ACT Writing score come out five or six weeks after the test date, and the score takes two days to arrive (and however long to be uploaded and distributed to the other UCs), I don’t see how some of these UCs have adequate time to review your application (and what kind of effect rushing through a review will have on your application). This is all speculation on my part, of course.

          If you put down a planned December test date and remove it later (by updating your application), then your application will likely be queued for review whenever the December test date is removed. If you don’t put down a December test date, then your application will just be randomly queued for review (with no expectation that another score will show up). Given my concerns outlined above, your application with no December test date will probably be reviewed before your score even shows up; if that is the likely scenario, why bother taking the test at all?

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