Candidates applying to the University of California may no longer have to take standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, known as the “American College Entrance”, at least before California launches its own standardized test. In a proposal released Monday, UC President Janet Napolitano proposed removing the requirement for candidates’ SAT or ACT grades.
The UC system no longer requires candidates to apply for admission next fall to provide SAT or ACT scores. If Napolitano’s proposal is adopted by the University of California Board of Trustees, candidates will no longer be required to provide SAT or ACT scores ugby 2025. Candidates may then be asked to provide the results of standardized tests introduced by the University of California.
Candidates can voluntarily provide SAT or ACT results, but from 2023 onwards, submissions will only affect the course and scholarship, but not admission. In 2025, candidates will have to provide grades for a standardized test introduced by the University of California. If the test is not available by then, California will waive the standardized test.
Napolitano announced the proposal after the University of California Academic Council voted on whether to require candidates to provide standardized test scores over the next five years, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kum-Kum Bhavani, chairman of the University of California Academic Seinconference, told the Los Angeles Times, “Napolitano’s proposal is consistent with the spirit of our proposal, and we are pleased.” “
In October 2019, a coalition of “historically marginalized” school districts sent a public letter to the University of California Board of Supervisors calling for an immediate end to the use of “SAT or ACT scores as an admission criterion”, saying that requiring those test scores constituted “unlawful racial and wealth discrimination.”
According to a 2015 study, “children from families earning less than $20,000 a year have the lowest SAT scores on average, and children from families earning more than $200,000 a year have the highest scores on average,” in part because low-income families can’t afford to pay for their tests, NBC reported.
More than 1,200 universities have eliminated standardized test scores for candidates who apply for fall 2021, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. Between September 2018 and September 2019, nearly 50 universities removed test scores requirements, and “the pace of removing standardized test scores accelerated” as a result of the new crown outbreak, the Washington Post reported.
The American University Council and the ACT Corporation, which organises the ACT exam, have yet to comment.