The University of California (UC) is suspending the ACT and SAT tests as an admission requirement until 2024.
The Board of Regents unanimously voted Thursday to waive the standardized testing requirements for applicants, announced the university system in a press release.
“Today’s Board decision marks a significant change for the University’s undergraduate admissions,” said the UC president, Janet Napolitano, who recommended the suspension of standardized tests in a memorandum to the Board of Regents earlier this month.
The decision marks the culmination of a two-year research effort by UC to assess the value and use of standardized tests in admissions, according to the university system.
“We are removing the ACT / SAT requirement for California students and developing a new test that is more closely aligned with what we expect incoming students to know to demonstrate their UC readiness,” said Napolitano.
If a new test does not meet the specified criteria in time for admissions by fall 2025, UC will remove the standardized test requirement for California students, according to the press release.
UC will work on a separate focus for out-of-state and international students.
“I think this is an incredible step in the right direction to align our admissions policy with the University’s overall values,” said the chairman of the UC Board of Regents, John A. Perez.
In March, UC schools temporarily suspended SAT/ACT requirements for applicants in the fall of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UC will continue to maintain optional standardized tests until 2022. Applicants in 2023 and 2024 will still have the option to submit their test scores, but will only be considered for purposes such as course placement, certain scholarships, and eligibility for the admission guarantee. state.
The University of California has 10 campuses across the state in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.
An increasing number of universities are dropping the SAT and ACT requirement for fall 2021 admissions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: University official & CNN