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    **California State University update on ACT/SAT exam requirements for the Class of 2021, please see the California State University page.  Updated April 17, 2020 **


    The safety of students and test center staff is ACT™s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. 

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    List of Test Optional Schools for the Class of 2021 (as of October 14, 2020)


    Below is the link to the UC Board of Regents office on the SAT/ACT changes to the UC application process

    University of California Standardized Testing Changes

    The following outlines the Regents’ actions:

    • Test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022: Campuses will have the option to use ACT/SAT test scores in selection consideration if applicants choose to submit them, and will develop appropriate policies and procedures to implement the Board’s decision.
    • Test-blind for fall 2023 and fall 2024: Campuses will not consider test scores for California public and independent high school applicants in admissions selection, a practice known as “test-blind” admissions. Test scores could still be considered for other purposes such as course placement, certain scholarships and eligibility for the statewide admissions guarantee.
    • 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 altogether 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.


    If you took the ACT in September or November, your score report is available in the College & Career Center.

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    How much should students prepare for the SAT and/or the ACT? Take a common sense approach. Use the free materials available in the College & Career Center to become familiar with what is expected. If more information is desired, local bookstores have books at relatively low cost. If a more structured learning environment is thought necessary, refer to a list of references HERE.


    (updated 5/28/2020)