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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148 Comments

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Rachel Rigolireply
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.

Ms. Sunreply
November 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm
– In reply to: Rachel Rigoli

If you go to UC’s examination requirement page and look to the right side of the page, you will see this:

Fall 2018 UC Test Score Submission Deadline

Garyreply
December 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm
– In reply to: Rachel Rigoli

Hello Ms. Sun,

I read through these posts and just want to make sure I interpreted things right. My daughter is #3 of ~400 in her school, has a 4.88, a couple of varsity sports and captain of one, president of a few clubs, Girl Scout Gold Award, newspaper chief editor, etc. She’s really very solid, but her test scores are average. She took the SAT and got a 1170 at the beginning of her senior year. Then she took the ACT twice, getting a 29 and a 28.

When she submitted her application, she only self reported the 29 and had that sent in. Just the other day, we noticed that the UC website says to send “all” scores, so we panicked and sent the 28 in also. The question we have, is should we go back and send the SAT scores in (which she scored poorly on)? …or do you recommend leaving those alone?

FYI: She applied to UCLA, UCB, UCSD, UCD, and UCSC.

Thanks so much!

Ms. Sunreply
December 10, 2017 at 10:17 am
– In reply to: Gary

Just sending the ACT scores is fine (provided that she took the optional Writing portion). There is no need to send the SAT scores in this case.

Garyreply
December 12, 2017 at 8:01 am
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thanks so much for the fast response. Looking at the brief description of my daughter, in your opinion are UCD and UCSC probably safe schools for her? She didn’t apply to any CSUs. Should she be hunting for more places to apply?

Ms. Sunreply
December 13, 2017 at 11:27 am
– In reply to: Gary

Based on the limited information you provided, I think she should be fine.

Alex Chunreply
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. Sunreply
November 13, 2017 at 8:28 am
– In reply to: Alex Chun

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.

Matthewreply
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. Sunreply
November 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm
– In reply to: Matthew

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.

Matthewreply
November 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

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. Sunreply
November 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm
– In reply to: Matthew

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

Oliviareply
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. Sunreply
November 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm
– In reply to: Olivia

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).

Oliviareply
November 16, 2017 at 7:57 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

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. Sunreply
November 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm
– In reply to: Olivia

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?

Ethanreply
November 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

I submitted my application to Berkeley on November 2nd, and they sent an email on November 13th that said they are reviewing my application. Is that true? Am I at the top of the “pile” now? And if you had below average grades and test scores but amazing personal statements, will you still have a shot at getting in? I was under extreme circumstances in high school.

Ms. Sunreply
November 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

Berkeley starts reviewing application mid-November. Your application may have been used to train the application readers if it is reviewed this early. If that is the case, at a minimum, your application will be read many, many times.

Ethanreply
November 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you for clearing that up for me Ms. Sun. Part of why I submitted so early was so that the situation you described might happen- although I’m not entirely sure how much it will help me. I’m crossing my fingers and thinking positive thoughts that it will though. One last thing- do any of the other UCs starting reviewing this early besides Berkeley? I was informed that my application was forwarded, but none of the other campuses sent me an email the way Berkeley did.

Ms. Sunreply
November 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

Berkeley starts the earliest, to accommodate the recommendation letter requests (you might get one given your circumstance). The rest of the UCs usually start in December, with bulk of the reading being done between mid-December and end of January.

Ethanreply
November 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

When does Berkeley tend to send these supplemental essay questions? Perhaps I should get a head start, sense I feel it will be highly likely that they will ask me for them. My extreme circumstances were medical related- requiring me to regularly fly across the country for treatment (sometimes as frequent as every two weeks) and have daily physical therapy through most of high school. My grades and test scores are not “bad” by any means,(3.6 unweighted, 3.9 weighted(UC GPA 3.83)) but they are below Berkeley’s high averages. I made sure to address my unique situation in further detail in my application’s personal statements and additional comments sections, as well as speak about how I did my best to overcome the situation, which for the most part- I did. Sometimes I hear rumors that Berkeley doesn’t read personal statements though- I’m hoping those rumors are false.

Ms. Sun
November 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

Berkeley doesn’t use the supplemental questionnaires anymore. The campus now asks for recommendation letters (the burden is on you to get your teachers to corroborate your story). Personal Insight Questions response plays a much larger role than many students realize (especially for freshman admission), I’m glad to hear you took full advantage of it to explain your situation.

Ethanreply
November 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Can you report, add, or update your application in regards to awards/ Honors and achievements once you’ve sent it to the UC system if you received a noteworthy award/distinction after you submitted?

Ms. Sun
November 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

The UC Application Center will accept any changes/updates you submit (appended to the end of your application file). But most UCs have said that they won’t consider changes/updates made to any sections other than Academic History.

Kayliereply
November 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Hi Ms. Sun, I know the UC website states that they don’t recommend score choice for the SAT, but it doesn’t explicitly say anything about the SAT Subject Tests? I’m going to send all of the SAT scores I’ve received, but I’m hesitant to send my SAT Subject Test Scores as they aren’t the best. If I used Score Choice and left those out of my report, do you think that would do more harm than good? Thank you!

Ms. Sunreply
November 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm
– In reply to: Kaylie

Score Choice is fine. There is no penalty if you use it.

Vincentreply
November 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Is it beneficial for you to send in a low act score follow up with a higher act score to show them improvement. I have taken 3 test but i just wanted to turn in 2 test. Is that ok? or will i be penalizied.

Ms. Sunreply
November 27, 2017 at 10:09 pm
– In reply to: Vincent

You can send however many you want. If you intend to demonstrate improvement, then you should mention that in your application (some UCs only show the highest score to the application readers).

Vincentreply
November 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Oh i should put it on my additional comment correct?

Ms. Sunreply
November 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm
– In reply to: Vincent

That works.

Vincentreply
November 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you so much

Ms. Sunreply
November 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm
– In reply to: Vincent

My best wishes to you and good luck!

Nathanreply
November 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Hi Ms. Sun, I had already sent my SAT scores from the College Board to the UCs (which were fulfilled on February 2017), however in the Map@Berkeley application status portal, it is listed as self-reported instead of official. I was wondering if there was a certain time range that the UCs receive the test scores (Did I sent in my scores too early?). Thank you!

Ms. Sunreply
November 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm
– In reply to: Nathan

When did you submit your UC Application? I’d give them at least a week to match your application to the test scores. Also check to make sure your personal information matches between the application and College Board.

Nathanreply
November 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

I submitted my application 3 days ago. I’ll check for any updates over the next week. Thank you!

Ms. Sunreply
November 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm
– In reply to: Nathan

Make sure your personal information matches between the UC Application and College Board (I think, at some point, someone said name, date of birth, and mailing address are used as part of the matching process). If you still don’t see it by next Wednesday (12/6), I would suggest sending another score report.

Nathanreply
November 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm
– In reply to: Nathan

If my address has changed since I sent the SAT score, should i resubmit it?

Ms. Sunreply
November 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm
– In reply to: Nathan

You have a little bit of time, so give the UCs a week to puzzle through the matching. If you don’t see the scores showing up by Wednesday (12/6), then I would suggest sending the score report again (as you can see in my post, my recommended deadline to request the score is 12/8).

Juliereply
November 29, 2017 at 11:32 pm

Hi Ms. Sun,

I signed up to take the December ACT to try to raise my score from a 31 to a 32. Would you say a potential 1 point improvement is worth taking it again and risking being put at a disadvantage for having taken a December test?

Also, I signed up for the SAT Physics Subject Test that takes place this upcoming weekend. Do you think that taking it would put me at the same potential disadvantage as taking the December ACT would?

Ms. Sunreply
November 30, 2017 at 8:09 am
– In reply to: Julie

If you were my client, I would say aim for 3+ point improvement. The time you spend studying is time you are not spending on your college applications, which probably have more of an impact on your chance of admission than a one-point improvement.

UCs often pay attention to SAT Subject Test scores ONLY if you are applying to majors that recommend them, and some UCs don’t consider them at all. If you applied to majors/campuses that don’t consider SAT Subject Test scores, your application will most likely be reviewed with or without the scores from planned SAT Subject Test dates.

Denisereply
November 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Hello Ms. Sun,

On the UC Application, they ask us to self-report our highest composite score–that only includes our Math and Reading and Writing scores, not our essay writing subscores right? Also, what if our highest composite score has our lowest essay writing score? Should I just submit my lower composite score with the better essay score then, even if they asked us to report our highest?

Ms. Sunreply
November 30, 2017 at 11:39 pm
– In reply to: Denise

Why do you care about reporting the higher essay writing score?

Ethanreply
December 1, 2017 at 1:45 am
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Hi Ms. Sun, I was wondering when Berkeley tends to send out requests for recommendation letters after you submit your application and they notified you that they received it and are reviewing it.

Ms. Sunreply
December 1, 2017 at 8:54 am
– In reply to: Ethan

Hard to say, I think you get a request quickly when you submit your application early, since they are only receiving few applications. Once all of the applications are in, it might take a few weeks for them to sort through everything.

Ethanreply
December 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Interesting, I assumed they were sometime after December, like January or February, which I think would make more sense since it’s after winter break and not during finals or Christmas/holidays when you can’t really ask for recommendations.

Ms. Sunreply
December 4, 2017 at 9:59 am
– In reply to: Ethan

The UCs rarely do anything that makes sense. The UC Application was designed entirely without user input or feedback, and they wonder why everyone fills it out incorrectly.

Katreply
December 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

I have taken two SAT I tests and two SAT II scores. I already sent one of my Sat I scores and both of my SAT II scores to a UC. But since they require all scores to be sent and I rather be safe then sorry, do I just send the other SAT I test or send everything again?

Ms. Sunreply
December 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
– In reply to: Kat

You don’t need to send all scores if you don’t want to; there is no penalty.

Shahrezreply
December 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

Hi Mrs. Sun, when I applied, I was under the impression that the UCs required all scores, so i submitted my one lackluster subject test score as well and self reported it too. The college of letters and science does not recommend subject tests though, so do you think that one bad subject test score can adversely affect my chances? My other subject test score and my regular SAT score were good enough, but could that one score single handedly bring my app down?

Ms. Sunreply
December 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
– In reply to: Shahrez

You should be ok, I wouldn’t worry about it.

Shahrezreply
December 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

Hi again Mrs. Sun…
I received my map@berkeley account today, but when I logged in, it says its still ‘awaiting’ SAT scores rather than completed/received although it shows that it has received both official and one self reported score. Do you think this is because i self reported just one and they recieved two official reports? Because that would make no sense, as they ask us on the UC application to only report the single highest composite we have if we have taken the test more than once. Should I be doing something about this, or just leave it be.

Ms. Sunreply
December 6, 2017 at 9:37 am
– In reply to: Shahrez

I’m confused, so where does it say that official scores were received? On the UC Application or the Berkeley portal?

Shahrezreply
December 6, 2017 at 9:43 am
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

On the Berkeley portal. The UC application says so too, and that they were matched. The Berkeley Portal underneath the SAT checklist, says: Test date 01/2017 (official), Test date 10/2017 (self reported), Test date 10/2017 (official). That’s all they should have, but there still seems to be a cross next to my SAT checklist and it says ‘Awaiting’. There’s only one self reported score as the UC app only requires your highest composite and not all your scores.

Ms. Sunreply
December 6, 2017 at 9:50 am
– In reply to: Shahrez

I would suggest waiting couple of days to see if the portal updates. If you are nervous, call the admissions office (the hold time is probably horrendous though).

Emilyreply
December 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Hi Mrs. Sun!

I took the December 2nd SAT Subject Test and I have the opportunity to use the Free score reports. However, my question is: will the UCS receive my score by the January 1st deadline if I use the score report? Because collegeboard states that scores will be sent to colleges within 10 days after scores are released, which is December 15th. Does that mean that I have to wait another 2 weeks after those 10 days for the score to reach the UCS or will the UCs receive those scores within those 10 days?

Thank you so much!

Ms. Sunreply
December 7, 2017 at 12:57 am
– In reply to: Emily

If you used the score report that is included with your registration, then the score should arrive on time.

Ethanreply
December 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Do UC application readers actually read the descriptions you right for each of your extra curriculars and awards on the application? I know UC Santa Barbra says its evaluation is only 50% academic, implying that the these descriptions for extra curriculars, awards, and other things are very important. I have no clue for the other UCs like Berkeley and UCLA do they even bother beyond a quick glance?

Ms. Sunreply
December 8, 2017 at 3:33 am
– In reply to: Ethan

You cannot control whether an application reader will quickly scan through or carefully read the descriptions, so you need to write well-constructed descriptions in case an application reader takes the time to review them thoroughly (maybe you are the first application in the morning and that first cup of coffee just kicked in). Well-constructed descriptions may also pique the application reader’s interest (crappy descriptions are not likely to entice anyone to pay attention).

Ethanreply
December 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Also, when do the UCs (other than Berkeley) send their requests for you to make a student account once they have received your application?

Ms. Sunreply
December 8, 2017 at 3:34 am
– In reply to: Ethan

Usually early to mid January.

Ethanreply
December 8, 2017 at 10:46 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

I realize that this will sound silly, but are application readers at UCs like UCLA and Berkeley empathetic? A part of me feels like you’ve got to be pretty cold hearted to deny somewhere around 80,000 students at the more selective UCs, many of whom are well qualified to attend these schools. I know I couldn’t do it. I guess the point I’m getting at is that although I’ve had extreme circumstances in high school that are unique- I know that there will be thousands of other students with other circumstances worthy of consideration. I got my UCLA notification to go set up my student account today and all these thoughts just hit me. I’m curious what insight-if any- you might have on the subject of selecting students with abnormal circumstances in college admissions. Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
December 8, 2017 at 11:32 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

Depends on the individual. I know some who take the reading and scoring very seriously and one who … uh, I won’t say anything since I don’t have anything nice to say. You have to remember that they don’t “reject” you (there is no malice); they are simply looking for the most qualified students. For example, Student A, a Junior Olympic skier who competes internationally and has a 4.6 GPA, will sound better than Student B, who has a 4.2 and a few minor leadership roles in school clubs. No one hates Student B, but everyone will love Student A.

When you have limited knowledge of the context, your perception of whether someone is well qualified can be extremely skewed. I have personally worked with or encountered students who 1) ranked internationally for competitive sports (martial arts; ballroom dancing); 2) published or illustrated a book (picked up by actual publishing houses, not one of those self-published books); 3) were Junior Olympic athletes (water polo; skiing; volleyball; hockey); 4) survived extreme hardships (abuse/trauma/violence). I am, by no means, discouraging you from trying, but you have to understand that there will always be someone more qualified or resilient (most of the time, there will be a lot of people who are better). Your ability to articulate, in writing, your achievements or resilience in the face of difficulties also matters a lot (almost more so than your actual achievements/resilience).

Ethanreply
December 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Well, I guess I’m lucky to have notable achievements in spite of my hardships then. I performed at Carnegie Hall on the accordion for one(don’t know anyone who’s done that before), have gotten photographs recognized by national geographic on social media, as well as some involvement in some more interesting clubs where I taught people in Cambodia how to speak English once a week over the internet. I also got into varsity athletics in spite of my physical disabilities ( I was by no means the best athlete though, but I did try) Everyone I give my essays to say that they’re very strong- But my grades did suffer because I was flying across the country every two weeks and going to physical therapy every day for most of high school. I didn’t fail any classes but I did get a fair share of Bs in some of my classes, most of which were either ap or honors. My standardized test scores are only slightly above the national average, so those won’t help me either. I literally have no idea what’s going to happen. But thanks for your insight! I really appreciate it.

Ms. Sunreply
December 9, 2017 at 8:02 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

I think you’ll be fine. Hang in there.

Ethanreply
December 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

I’m curious- how much does applying to under-subscribed majors and being a racial minority effect the UC application readers decision? I know the UCs got rid of affirmative action, but they replaced it with holistic review and a mandate to increase diversity. I’m Mexican, which I think will probably help me at private schools, but I’m not sure if that will be much of a factor at a UC. As for under subscribed majors, my counselor told me about a student who got into UC Irvine with a 3.5 ( he had no extenuating circumstances, apparently) with his first choice major being philosophy. I chose middle eastern studies, and wrote a strong and unique essay on why it interested me that all my History teachers loved. UC San Diego says they don’t take your major choice into account when making their decision(I’m not sure if I believe that), while Berkeley and UCLA say that if you apply within the college of letters and science, the major you chose within doesn’t really matter to them when making a decision. Do you have any insight on these subjects?

Ms. Sun
December 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

The UCs cannot make admission decisions based solely on race. However, if you discuss how your racial background enables you to bring unique values to a UC campus, that would be considered (so it’s not about your race, but how your race enables you to contribute value to a UC campus; it’s a very nuanced difference that is lost to most students and parents). In other words, you cannot wave around the fact that you are Mexican and expect the UCs to admit you based just on that; you have to offer value proposition for the UCs to consider (hypothetically speaking, you may say that your racial background enables you to appreciate and value different cultures, and that makes you better at communicating with people from different backgrounds <-- this is an overt simplification of a value, but you get the idea).

Most UCs claim majors are not considered (there are some exceptions, such as engineering, nursing, etc.). I have my suspicions regarding Berkeley and I explain them in detail for my newsletter subscribers (I’m regularly persecuted by the UCs and I know better than to discuss these topics in public). I have not heard of such practice for UCI, but I’m wary of this kind of stories because the counselor may not be aware of additional classes the student is taking outside of his regular high school (such as AP classes through online high schools, which would boost his GPA). I regularly hear about “so and so had 3.5 and got in …” and when I press for more details (such as whether the student enrolls in classes outside of the high school, what kind of extracurricular activities the student does, if there are extenuating circumstances, etc.), I never get them. It’s too easy to point to one factor (such as GPA) and claim some fluke in the decision; but that is not how admission decisions are made.

Ethanreply
December 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Well, I knew better than to say something that silly regarding the, “take me because I’m Mexican”, comment which sounds silly (wouldn’t be surprised if some people actually do it though, along with “my immigrant parent is amazing essay”) ,but I did somewhat incorporated my Mexican background into an essay about playing the accordion at Carnegie Hall, and how that instrument stems from my Mexican heritage. It was only a brief thing I mentioned in passing, and was by no means the main point of the essay itself. I just put it on the table, metaphorically speaking, so the readers could have it in the back of their minds while reading my application. I’ll be honest, what you described regarding race in admission at UC does sound a lot like a loophole, or what teens my age call a “life hack”. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on the issues though!

Ms. Sunreply
December 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

I think you are already five steps ahead of everyone else, so I’m sure you will be fine.

sunnyzwebreply
December 15, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Hi Ms.Sun, I just got my sat multiple choice score today, but my essay score still need 5-10 days to be release, I wonder whether UCs would receive me score or not if I send it on Dec 25(if I have a bad luck)

Ms. Sunreply
December 16, 2017 at 12:43 am
– In reply to: sunnyzweb

Did you not request a score report to be sent to a UC on your registration?

sunnyzwebreply
December 16, 2017 at 11:59 am
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

I did, it says it would automatically send my score report to the campus when my essay score is available, but it takes about a week for uc to get my score, what if my essay score is released on Dec 25? Would uc still receive my score if it arrives in January?

Ms. Sunreply
December 17, 2017 at 4:09 am
– In reply to: sunnyzweb

You are fine. The UCs stated that they will accept December scores, so as long as you have requested a score report to be sent with your registration, you will be fine. What I would recommend is for you to update your test score on your UC Application when you receive it (log in and click on “Update ACT & SAT Tests” to update your self-reported scores); most UCs will begin reviewing applications with completed, self-reported scores.

Richardreply
December 23, 2017 at 11:26 pm

I’m panicking right now. The UC system app system stated that they haven’t received my December scores yet. I stated that I was going to take the December SAT, however I ended up cancelling my scores. I sent my scores on November 21st, and just sent another one today. Will I be fine? Can I rush score it to make sure they receive it? I’m really scared

Ms. Sunreply
December 24, 2017 at 8:58 am
– In reply to: Richard

Log into your UC Application and delete the “planned” December test date.

Richardreply
December 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

They haven’t received my scores yet. Do you think it’ll be fine if I sent it again? I emailed them too.

Ms. Sunreply
December 26, 2017 at 8:04 am
– In reply to: Richard

If you requested your scores to be sent before mid-December, they will arrive on time. The official score report is for verification only; most UCs will review applications with self-reported scores.

If you took the December test and requested the score report with your test registration, the UCs will consider the scores to be on-time; although you should update your self-reported score on the UC Application (you can do that by logging back into your UC Application).

Johnreply
December 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

Hi Ms Sun. I took the ACT and the SAT. My score on the ACT was pretty average (26) so I chose not to self report it. My score on the SAT was better (1430) so I self reported and had the official scores sent. Unfortunately I the ACT official scores were also sent because I listed the UC schools when I signed up for the ACT. Do the UC’s only consider the self reported scores that I listed on my application, or will they also consider the ACT that was not self reported? Thanks for your help. Your blog is a great resource.

Ms. Sunreply
December 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm
– In reply to: John

You should be fine. Depending on the UC campus, some will only show the highest composite score from one test date (I believe others show all scores but highlight the highest composite score from one test date).

Brandonreply
December 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

So I am panicking right now. I originally thought that as long as the scores are sent out by December 31st then I will be fine. But I realized that today that sending scores out, it takes time. So I sent my scores out immediately today December 29th. If they don’t arrive on time will UCs automatically reject me?

Ms. Sunreply
December 30, 2017 at 11:19 am
– In reply to: Brandon

The official score report is usually just for verification; most UCs have stated they will review applications with self-reported scores.

Make sure your self-reported score on the UC Application is the highest composite score from one test date (no “superscore“). You can update your score by logging back into your UC Application.

Ethanreply
December 30, 2017 at 1:54 am

Hello Ms. Sun-

I just found out about the deadline for the test scores, and just submitted my scores (ACT w/ regular submission and SAT w/rushed). Do I have reason to be worried?? I’m very nervous right now and am scrambling to find an answer, as I have worked very hard and high school and would be extremely disappointed if I were to not be admitted because I was unaware of the deadline.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you!!!

Ms. Sunreply
December 30, 2017 at 11:21 am
– In reply to: Ethan

The official score report is usually just for verification; most UCs have stated they will review applications with self-reported scores.

Make sure your self-reported score on the UC Application is the highest composite score from one test date (no “superscore“). You can update your score by logging back into your UC Application.

Brandonreply
December 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

Because I did not know that sending scores would take a little bit of time, I sent my scores out a day ago for all my schools. I did a little bit of research and it says that the UCs only uses the official testing as a verification and usually looks at the self reported. I also found that some schools such as UC Santa Barbara say that as long as they receive the score by January 15th we should be fine. But does that apply to all the other UCs as well? I read some posts online that were in the similar situation as me and they called the office of admission and they said as long as the test scores are here within mid-January I will be fine. Is this true?

Ms. Sunreply
December 30, 2017 at 11:23 am
– In reply to: Brandon

I think if the admissions office says you are ok, you are about as ok as you can be.

Deepreply
December 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Hi Ms.Sun,
I have signed up for AP physics C exam not knowing that it requires one introductory algebra-based physics course. I have only completed one semester of my IB Physics SL course. I was initially planning on self-studying the test, but now looking at my school curriculum and the time left before May, I was thinking of switching to Physics 1 and 2. Nevertheless, I am applying to the biological sciences and not an engineering major.Now, I feel that I should take AP Physics 1 or 2 instead of the AP Physics C exam. If I report this change to the UC application or each school’s portal, will it hinder my admission to the UCs?

Ms. Sunreply
December 31, 2017 at 1:20 pm
– In reply to: Deep

UCs don’t care about the planned AP exams. No need to report that change.

Deepreply
December 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Can I take the Physics 1/2 test even though I reported the planned Physics C exam? Will the UCs be confused by this?

Ms. Sunreply
January 1, 2018 at 11:43 am
– In reply to: Deep

You can take the Physics 1/2 exam. The actual credit-granting is done in the Registrar’s Office, not the admissions office (this is separate from admission evaluation).

Julissareply
January 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

Hi Ms. Sun. I’m just curious as to why on the UC website the deadline for SAT scores to be submitted is December 2017, when College Board’s deadline is January 15?

Ms. Sunreply
January 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm
– In reply to: Julissa

If the UCs say January 15, everyone will send the scores on January 15, which means the UCs won’t have them until February 1; that’s too late for the campuses to run through the verification to get the decisions out by March. Everyone thinks the computers magically match the scores and run the verification, that is not how life works … names don’t match exactly, street addresses are off by two letters (Bl. vs. Blvd.), etc. All of these errors require manual review. Hypothetically, let’s say 5% of the score reports from the 113,409 students applying to UCLA had errors that require manual review, that is 5,670 score reports; if it takes someone 15 minutes to locate the correct application, that comes out to 1,417.5 hours, an equivalent of 177 workdays (assuming an 8-hour workday) for one person – if 5 people were working on matching the score reports 8 hours per day, it would take 35 days to complete the task.

Julissareply
January 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

That makes sense. Thanks.

Ms. Sunreply
January 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm
– In reply to: Julissa

I’m happy to help.

Ethanreply
January 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Hi Ms. Sun, I just received a supplemental application request from UC Davis and I was wondering how soon I should submit it by. It’s essentially asking additional essay questions and requesting a recommendation letter. I’m assuming it should be within a week of receiving it right?

Ms. Sunreply
January 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

Submit it as soon as you can (but take enough time to compose a thorough response). If you email me the questions, I can send you my interpretation of what the campus is looking for in your response.

Emilyreply
January 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Sorry, have to ask. In what circumstances do they ask supplemental questions? Should I be worried if I didn’t get one?

Ms. Sunreply
January 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm
– In reply to: Emily

See my explanation here and here.

Joon Hanreply
January 7, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Hi, Ms. Sun. I have reported all of my ACT scores, and two of them have the same composite score, but different ELA scores. The one I self-reported has the higher ELA score, but UC campus portals are displaying the other one with the lower ELA score for my official exam since they have the same composite score. I heard that ELA scores are used to see whether I meet the ‘UC English requirement’, but will a lower ELA score affect my chance of getting accepted?
Thank you for reading.

Ms. Sunreply
January 8, 2018 at 7:14 am
– In reply to: Joon Han

Since you sent both, when you are admitted, your higher ELA score will be used to meet the ELWR. This process is different from admission evaluation. Some UCs also just list whatever the first score is on the report, not necessarily the highest score, so that could also be why.

Joon Hanreply
January 8, 2018 at 7:50 am
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you so much for replying. So if I understood correctly, you are saying that my ELA score is only used after I’m admitted and it’s not taken into consideration when they are reading my application?

Ms. Sunreply
January 8, 2018 at 8:41 am
– In reply to: Joon Han

That is correct.

Jamiereply
January 8, 2018 at 12:38 am

Hello, I’m a student who moved from a different country and my personal essays were mostly about the obstacles I faced, and what I learned from facing those obstacles. Is this too common?

Ms. Sunreply
January 8, 2018 at 7:20 am
– In reply to: Jamie

While the obstacles may be similar, no one else experienced them the same way you did, in your specific context (background, resources, etc.). To stand out, you must convey how the obstacles affected you (requires you to explain how you perceived the obstacles to have affected your growth and development as a student), what you have done to overcome these obstacles (requires you to explain your effort and your perceived effect of these efforts), and how you have grown from these experiences (requires you to explain how you can apply what you have learned to your future educational endeavors).

Ethanreply
January 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Well, I submitted my UC Davis supplement! Crossing my fingers and hoping it makes a difference in my overall application.

Ms. Sunreply
January 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

My best wishes to you and good luck!

Ethanreply
January 8, 2018 at 11:32 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

UC Davis did not inform me that I could send two letters of recommendation, but I now believe I can based on some digging that I did on my own within their extremely vague systems. I’m glad I did- I would have never known otherwise!

Ms. Sunreply
January 9, 2018 at 6:25 am
– In reply to: Ethan

I’m glad you figured it out!

Mattreply
January 14, 2018 at 3:50 am

Hi, Ms. Sun, I was just wondering if UCs care if tennis doesn’t show up on my transcript on my senior year once I send the transcript to them towards the end of the school year, as it has shown up these past three years on 9th-11th. I thought I was going to do tennis this year when I applied so I put the activity “tennis” as 9th-12th grade on my application, but I ended up deciding not to. Will this seem like I lied on my application, therefore forcing them to rescind my application? I’m extremely worried about this.

Ms. Sunreply
January 14, 2018 at 6:06 am
– In reply to: Matt

You should be fine. Most UCs have stated that they don’t care about updates for extracurricular activities (that’s not an open invitation for you to lie about your 12th grade activities). If you are super worried, you can send a correction; that way you are covered in case the UCs decide to make a fuss.

Jackreply
January 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

Hi Ms. Sun, I understand that if you send your test scores to any UCs they will distribute it to other UC schools that a student is applying to. So recently UCs have been sending me links to their college portals to check for updates. I sent all my test scores such as the ACT Standarized Test to UC Davis. While Davis said they received it on the college portal, other schools such as UC Riverside still said my test scores are self reported. Should I be worried about this? I sent my test score more than 2 weeks ago.

Ms. Sunreply
January 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm
– In reply to: Jack

Log into your UC Application and click on “Update ACT & SAT Tests” to see if your official score report has been received (should be directly below your self-reported scores). You are fine as long as the UC Application shows your official score report was received.

January 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Hello, Ms. Sun, I am panicking a bit because I just submitted my official SAT scores to UC on January 17. (My counselors told me I only send official scores and transcripts IF I have been admitted, so I had no idea about the deadline until I got an email from UCSD).

Will this late official SAT submission impact my chances of getting into UCSD, UCLA, and UCB?

Ms. Sunreply
January 26, 2018 at 10:56 pm
– In reply to: K

You should be fine; most UCs will review applications with your self-reported score and use the official score report as verification.

Katreply
January 28, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I am extremely worried. So I applied to UC Berkeley, Davis, Santa Barbara, and Merced. Last December I sent three official score reports for two SAT exams, and one ACT exam. Just recently, I realized on one of my portals it says I still must submit official test scores. So, three out of four exams say “official” while one of my exam dates says “self reported” I only just sent in that in a few days ago. What are the consequences of this? Can I get rescinded?

Ms. Sunreply
January 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm
– In reply to: Kat

Shouldn’t matter, the UCs generally review applications using self-reported scores. If your “missing” score was not the highest score, it shouldn’t affect your application in any way.

Ethanreply
February 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

What’s your take on my application’s status if UC San Diego requested that I write them another essay predominantly on my extreme personal circumstances I faced in high school? They also wanted to know how that might push me to succeed at their university, which I spent a third of my essay talking about. I assumed that at the very least it means they’re somewhat interested in me, but I wanted to know if you had any additional information on the subject and how this school functions when it comes to these circumstances in an application. Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
February 2, 2018 at 7:02 am
– In reply to: Ethan

UCSD sends out supplemental questionnaires ONLY to students who have clearly articulated how their situations impacted their school performance in the UC Application (no correlation = no supplemental questionnaire). So, first and foremost, congratulations on explaining your situation clearly in the UC Application! I generally see receiving the supplemental questionnaire as a good thing, since you are now given additional opportunity to “argue your case” (so to speak) and persuade the campus to consider your ability to succeed. I’m not sure what you discussed regarding your situation, but if you did not clearly quantify/correlate how the difficulties affected your grades, then I would suggest you do that for the supplemental questionnaire. You also need to discuss how you have matured and grown from the experience, and what that means in terms of your ability to handle difficulties in the future (in college). What are coping mechanisms you have developed? How has the experience strengthened your resolve and self-discipline to enable you to succeed?

Ethanreply
February 4, 2018 at 3:21 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

The things is, I already did everything you are suggesting that I write about in my original UC application, which is probably why I got this opportunity to have a supplement in the first place. I was very clear in addressing every aspect that my circumstances had on my life, and how I’ve persevered and grown from it. I don’t want to sound like a broken record retelling my story to the admission officers, even though the essay question is basically asking me to retell my story to them. I ended up settling for a concise version of how my circumstances affected my academics, and stated how I’ve grown as a person- just as you suggested I should. I guess now I’m just nervous that the essay only confirmed what I wrote in the application and didn’t add too much to it. Or maybe they sent the supplement as a formality of sorts- part of their procedure when dealing with cases like mine. I have no idea. I’m just crossing my fingers at this point.

Ms. Sunreply
February 5, 2018 at 11:02 am
– In reply to: Ethan

UCSD’s supplemental questionnaire very clearly asks “How do you feel these circumstances have prepared you to overcome any personal challenges that might occur while at UCSD?” So that would be something you need to specifically address in your response.

Samuelreply
March 16, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Hi Ms Sun,

Would they factor in my test scores if I had sent my test score reports on time but failed to update the self report section?

The portal indicated that they had received my ACT score reports on 03/12 but I just realized that I did not update my scores via self report.

Does this mean that they will only factor in my previous scores (my older SAT score which was filled in via self report) and not the ACT one which they received on 03/12?

Thank you.

Ms. Sunreply
March 16, 2018 at 10:48 pm
– In reply to: Samuel

3/12 is well after the deadline (most UCs require scores to arrive between late December and mid-January) so your previous score was likely the one used for admission evaluation.

Samuelreply
March 22, 2018 at 11:01 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

I was actually referring to the scores I sent on 3rd December! My concern is that even though I had sent the official ACT score reports over, they would not account for these scores simply because I did not update my scores manually on the UC Portal. Would they be conscientious enough to realize that I had score reports which were sent but yet to be updated on the UC Main Portal? I am just worried that they would simply browse through my application sent from the Main Portal which only has my SAT score on it, even though they had received the ACT score reports.

Ms. Sunreply
March 23, 2018 at 8:56 am
– In reply to: Samuel

Nah, you are fine. The official score reports are imported directly into the application system and matched to your application (unless there was a mismatch, in which case the scores are matched manually). You sent the scores early enough that your official scores should’ve been displaying when the application readers were reviewing your application.

Laurareply
March 20, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Hi Ms. Sun,

I am a junior whose dream school is UCLA, and I’m taking 3 AP classes currently: AP US History, AP Lang, and AP Music Theory. I’m mostly concerned about the AP Music Theory exam, and I was wondering if it will hurt me greatly if I don’t report that exam score during the admissions process. I’m not planning on going into music (or anything related to the arts). I’m mainly worried because of the high caliber profiles of the students accepted in this year’s pool, and I want to make sure I can maximize my chances of getting in.

Thank you so much!

Ms. Sunreply
March 21, 2018 at 9:26 am
– In reply to: Laura

Try it and see how you do. You don’t need to report non-passing scores if you don’t want to (although Berkeley has said it prefers to see students attempt exams – meaning you should report non-passing exam scores).

Ethanreply
March 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Hello again, Ms. Sun! I was wondering about how hard is it to get into UC Riverside’s Honors college? I received an invitation to apply to it because my high school GPA was much higher than their average, and I’m wondering if you know anything about the admissions process that isn’t directly stated on UCR’s website. Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
March 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

I worked with someone on the application couple years ago and I remember it being really long/complicated. Aside from that, I don’t have any inside information on the admissions process. Sorry 🙁

Laurareply
March 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Ok, thank you very much! Just out of curiosity, do UCs require students to send their passing exam scores? For example, if I got a 3 would I be forced to send it?

Ms. Sunreply
March 21, 2018 at 8:32 pm
– In reply to: Laura

If you report it, then you are required to send the official score report (it becomes a document submission requirement that is tied to your admission offer). If you don’t report it, then you can skip sending the score report (but don’t go changing your mind about it later when you are short on units; people have gotten into trouble over omitting information on the application at some UCs).

Laurareply
March 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

That makes me feel a lot better. Thank you again for your help!

Ms. Sunreply
March 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm
– In reply to: Laura

You are very welcome.

Charlesreply
July 11, 2018 at 9:48 pm

Hello Ms. Sun,

I am not sure if you have heard it the June SAT test anomaly yet, but essentially the scoring for the June SAT 1 test was unreasonably brutal. I took my first SAT1 before and was not satisfied with my score. I was hoping for a 1500+ on the June SAT, but it turned out to be a lot worse than my first score. I am planning on trying ACT instead, so my question is: In the case where I perform well on the ACT, would the poor SAT1 scores affect me for UC Berkeley? Is there a way where I can just report my ACT and not my SAT1 scores, even though I am planning on submitted my SAT2 scores?

Thank you so much!

Ms. Sunreply
July 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm
– In reply to: Charles

While UCs ask for all scores, you are not penalized in any way if you don’t report everything.

Missreply
July 12, 2018 at 8:39 am

Hello Ms. Sun,

Was wondering if it is possible to just send ACT score and not send the SAT I scores even if I am submitting my SAT subject test scores, and if so, if the UCs will know if I didn’t send the SAT I scores. If my ACT score is good but my SAT I scores were bad, would they frown upon my SAT I scores even though I have a good ACT score?

Thank you!

Ms. Sunreply
July 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm
– In reply to: Miss

While UCs ask for all scores, you are not penalized in any way if you don’t report everything. It’s unclear to me whether/how the UCs would know if you didn’t report everything; although I speculate that they cannot possibly spare enough time/energy to care (most UCs get well over 75,000 freshman applications each year, with most of them close to breaking 100,000, if not already; how they intend to get aggravated/hold a grudge against every student who withheld scores would be an intriguing problem).

Missreply
July 13, 2018 at 10:12 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Will they know if you used score choice since I’ll be submitting my SAT IIs, but not SAT I? Thanks!!

Ms. Sunreply
July 14, 2018 at 2:22 am
– In reply to: Miss

As I said, it’s unclear to me whether/how the UCs would know if you didn’t report everything. The scores are reported electronically and uploaded into the application server. I cannot imagine the UCs make the effort to label everything “used Score Choice” or “didn’t use Score Choice”; what would even be the point?

Melinreply
September 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Hello Ms. Sun,

I am a senior applying to UCs, but I plan to take the ACT in October. It says that the scores won’t be available until November 13 – JANUARY 1st?? Does that mean I can’t submit this score to schools like LA and Berkeley/and if I do, it would ruin my chances as it may not come on time?

Ms. Sunreply
September 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm
– In reply to: Melin

Make sure you update your self-reported scores when you receive them. Berkeley and UCLA will review your application with self-reported scores and use the official score report for verification when it arrives.

anareply
September 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Hello there are now two different score conversion charts from ACT to SAT, one from previous years and another updated one from 2018. For the old one, my score of 33 translates to 1490-1510, but for the 2018 conversion chart, it says 1440-1480 (and I took the test in 2018). Does that make a difference at all in Cal admissions? thank you

Ms. Sunreply
September 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm
– In reply to: ana

The UCs don’t use the concordance tables; they use the UC Score tables to figure out which test score is higher (the information on that page may or may not apply to you, but that is one of the only two places you can find the UC Score tables).

anareply
September 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Do they use the UC Score tables for admissions? Because according to the table, a 34 is better than a 1560, which seems quite off to me.

Ms. Sunreply
September 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm
– In reply to: ana

I believe they use the UC Score tables to determine which score is higher (if you have both SAT and ACT). When your application is reviewed, your scores are displayed in comparison to the range of scores other applicants at your high school attained. There is no absolute measure; it’s all contextual.

Ethanreply
September 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Hello Ms. Sun! I just wanted to thank you for all the advice you gave me last year on this forum during the UC admissions season, it definitely helped a lot. I’m excited to say I will be attending the Honors College at the University of California, Riverside this fall. I don’t know if you follow the college rankings, but UCR just jumped up nearly 40 positions in the national university rankings on U.S. News this year– the largest increase in rank of any university! Keep doing everything you’re doing to help students get into UC and again, thank you so much!

-Ethan

Ms. Sunreply
September 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm
– In reply to: Ethan

I’m very happy for you! Thank you for the update. My best wishes to you and good luck!

Annreply
September 22, 2018 at 11:45 pm

Hi. I still have confusion about the “all” requirement of the test scores. I called the UC toll free line 2 times and the lady said exactly what you have been saying. That we could send in our highest composite and do NOT have to send in all tests. Then I called another time a month later and the person said one absolutely has to send in ALL ACT scores. She was adamant. I find the UC so ambigous. I don’t want to get in trouble if I only send in one score – highest composite. Please advise? Thank you

Ms. Sunreply
September 24, 2018 at 8:54 am
– In reply to: Ann

I once called UCSD three times on the same day, spoke to three different people at the admissions office asking about the same thing, and got three different answers. That is how things are run at the UCs.

You are not going to get in trouble because all of the scores are delivered electronically. Most likely that means some IT guy working in a closet is uploading your scores into the server (the computer matches your test scores to your UC Application using predetermined fields, including your name, birthdate, address, and something else; if the match fails, then someone, maybe an admission officer or an IT person, tries to manually match the score).

Don’t, for a moment, think some admission officer is looking at your paper score report, shaking his/her head, and say “you know, she withheld one score (by the way, it’s not like they’d know; ACT doesn’t disclose how many times you’ve taken the test) and I’m going to have deduct five points” because who has the time or really want to be doing that with 50k-110k applications?

Now, take a moment to enjoy the ridiculousness of that situation (and feel the exhaustion of having to do something stupid like that, and realize the admission officers have better things to do), then go order whatever score you want ACT to deliver and stop worrying about it.

Nancyreply
October 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Hello Ms. Sun,

I am in a situation where I fudged up my first two SAT scores but did well on the third (but second was a LOT worse than first), and I took 3 sat subject tests total, but one subject I took twice and didn’t do that great both times. Do you think for CAL and UCLA I could use score choice to only select my third SAT and the other 2 sat subjects I didn’t well on? I think they said they “don’t recommend” using score choice, but I’m not sure…thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
October 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm
– In reply to: Nancy

Just submit the good scores, no one is going to notice or care that you didn’t submit everything.

Any Questions?