Update (April 22, 2021): All UCs have committed to be test-free 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!
Update (November 5, 2020): UCs have revised the “Exam requirement” page on the systemwide admissions website to reflect the test-blind policy for Fall 2021. To find out which UCs are recommending SAT Subject Tests, visit the “SAT subject tests” page.
Today (October 29, 2020) a California appellate court dissolved the temporary stay on the injunction (originally issued August 31, 2020) ordering the UCs to immediately stop using standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) for admission or scholarship decisions. That means, effective now, the UCs cannot use ACT or SAT for making admission or scholarship decisions, including students applying for Fall 2021 (November 30, 2020 application deadline).
Remember the UCs have already committed to going test-blind starting Fall 2023 (November 2022 application deadline) for ALL freshman applicants. The only uncertainty at this point is whether Fall 2022 freshman applicants (November 2021 application deadline) will be test-optional (if appellate court overturns the lower court’s ruling) or test-blind (if appellate court agrees with the lower court’s ruling).
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