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University of California dropping SAT and ACT requirements

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, CBS captures University of California virtual meeting regarding testing.

The University of California is dropping its SAT and ACT requirements. This was reported by USA Today at 11:40pm on May 21. Standardized testing has been unanimously voted against by the University of California Board of Regents. Scores on standardized tests will no longer be a requisite of admission. This decision will completely reshape the admissions process for University of California. 

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The plan was initially proposed by Janet Napolitano, who is the university’s system president. The vote has officially suspended all standardized test requirements that existed through 2024 and after that. 

“Today’s decision by the Board marks a significant change for the University’s undergraduate admissions,”said Napolitano on Thursday, as quoted by USA Today. 

The University of California or UC system includes approximately 280,000 students. These span the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley and seven undergraduate schools. The University of California will focus on creating its own admissions testing. These tests will incorporate material that will better prepare would-be students of UC system readiness.

The University of California released a statement regarding this testing. 

“The University of California Board of Regents today (May 21) unanimously approved the suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024. The suspension will allow the University to create a new test that better aligns with the content the University expects students to have mastered for college readiness. However, if a new test does not meet specified criteria in time for fall 2025 admission, UC will eliminate the standardized testing requirement for California students,” said the University of California press release. 

The press release also continued to describe its process for creating new UC system testing. 

“New standardized test: Starting in summer 2020 and ending by January 2021, UC will undertake a process to identify or create a new test that aligns with the content UC expects students to have mastered to demonstrate college readiness for California freshmen.

Elimination of the ACT/SAT test requirement: By 2025, any use of the ACT/SAT would be eliminated for California students and a new UC-endorsed test to measure UC-readiness would be required. However, if by 2025 the new test is either unfeasible or not ready, consideration of the ACT/SAT for freshman admissions would still be eliminated for California students.

Elimination of writing test: The University will eliminate the SAT Essay/ACT Writing Test as a requirement for UC undergraduate admissions, and these scores will not be used at all effective for fall 2021 admissions,” said the UC press statement. 

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NBC reports that this decision furthers a national conversation on whether or not standardized testing discriminates against disadvantaged students. It also discusses whether the tests help admissions offices. As the University of California takes this step, other schools may begin to follow suit. 

It is also not yet clear what the change from standardized testing to UC testing will mean for the competitiveness of the UC system. 

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