by Sara Calvert-Kubrom, former admissions officer at Lewis & Clark College
After a year of evolving changes and news out of California, the UC system has announced it will continue its practice of not considering SAT or ACT scores for students applying to fall of 2022. What does this mean? The SAT and ACT will not be used in the admission process nor in the merit scholarship review process for applicants to any UC campus. The UC admission website does note, though, that students who choose to submit test scores as part of their application can later use those scores “as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement” after they enroll. But those scores will not be considered by the application readers making admission decisions.
As mentioned in our past articles about UC testing policies, it is likely that the UCs will not use a standardized test akin to the SAT or ACT until at least the fall of 2024, but we will be monitoring their policies closely.