For years, colleges would look at kids’ SAT and ACT scores in order to determine if they were a good fit for their school. This is no longer the case. Fortunately for those who despise the idea of taking a big test, U.C. schools are no longer considering SAT and ACT scores as something they must look at for people wanting to attend college.
This is a big win for people, especially kids, who have test taking anxiety or become overwhelmed when it comes to the pressure of applying for a college. Of course, kids can still take those tests, because they still have a significant purpose.
According to the University of California website, “UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used to determine your eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll.”
Again, a massive win for kids who perhaps hate taking tests or aren’t financially capable of studying for and taking the SAT or ACT. On top of this, it’s extremely stressful and in most cases overwhelming for most kids to apply for colleges. Now that they have one less thing to worry about, it becomes that much easier.
The only set back is that UC is only becoming “test blind” and this ruling to no longer consider those test scores might only be applied to kids who graduated from high school in the years 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. However, more and more schools are adopting this test-optional requirement for applications.