Which UCs are Test-Blind for Fall 2021

At the moment (subject to change), this is where each UC campus stands on being test-blind or test-optional:

Berkeley is TEST-BLIND – based on updated Freshman Requirements page (under “Selection”) that removed mentions of ACT or SAT scores as factors for assessment (although SAT Subject Tests are still recommended for some majors) and an update shared at the UC Counselor Conference

Davis is test-optional – based on updated Freshman Exam Requirements page stating the campus is test-optional and an update shared at the UC Counselor Conference

Irvine is TEST-BLIND – based on on a clear statement on the Freshman Admission page and an update shared at the UC Counselor Conference

UCLA is test-optional – based on updated Freshman Admission Requirements page stating the campus is test-optional and an email sent out to counselors

Merced is TEST-BLIND – based on a clear statement on the First Year: Admission Requirements page

Riverside is TEST-BLIND – based on a clear statement in this Undergraduate Admissions Blog post

San Diego is test-optional – based on updated First-Year Student Application Review page stating the campus is test-optional and an update shared at the UC Counselor Conference

Santa Barbara is TEST-BLIND – based on updated Eligibility and Selection page (under “A Note on ACT & SAT Exams”) stating ACT and SAT scores will not be used in the selection process

Santa Cruz is TEST-BLIND – based on a clear statement on the Freshman Admission and Selection page and an update shared at the UC Counselor Conference


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4 Comments

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Daniellereply
October 17, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Are there any updates about when the decision will be made? If there is no change by Nov 1st, will the few UCs that are test optional remain that way? Thank you for the updates.

Ms. Sunreply
October 17, 2020 at 1:34 pm
– In reply to: Danielle

I don’t know if there will be a “final decision date.” From what I understand, the plaintiffs of the lawsuit are still trying to get the temporary stay reversed; if that happens, the UCs will need to stop using the tests immediately.

Angelreply
October 20, 2020 at 9:36 am

How likely is it that the lawsuit will cause all of the UCs to be test blind before admissions are made? I have an SAT date this November and am considering if it will have any significance at all for UCs.

Ms. Sunreply
October 20, 2020 at 11:19 am
– In reply to: Angel

With the second wave of COVID an almost certainty, I would expect the test getting canceled (and you’ll probably find out on the test date, after you had shown up, because that’s how College Board has been operating). Even if you can actually take the test, I’d be more concerned about you catching or spreading COVID-19 on the way to/from the test center and during the test, which I would consider to be way more significant of an issue than whether the score (if you even do well) will make a difference to the UCs.

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