FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
When considering applications for admission, every four-year university in the USA will accept your scores from either the ACT or the SAT, if they consider SAT/ACT at all. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, many universities have opted to go test-blind (don't consider SAT/ACT) or test optional (will consider a score if submitted.) Some very selective universities might require or recommend SAT Subject Tests in addition to the regular SAT/ACT. Two SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT or ACT are no longer required for the University of California campuses. However, they are recommended for admission to some impacted campuses and majors. Check with your campus of interest, and make sure that your campus of interest receives an official score report directly from the College Board or ACT after self-reporting on the application.
Updates to University of California (UC) policy:
Fall 2021 Applicants: 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. https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/admission-requirements/freshman-requirements/exam-requirement/
Fall 2022 Applicants: UC San Diego will be test-optional. Applicants have the option to submit SAT or ACT examination results. Results submitted do not need to include the writing section of the exam.
Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 Applicants: UC San Diego will be test-blind. The campus will not consider test scores in admission selection for California public and independent high school applicants.
You will need to upload a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself at the time you register for the SAT and ACT.
Consult the website(s) for the most current information on dates and cost. For low-income families: Check with your high school counselor if you think you might qualify for a fee waiver, which waives the entire test fee.
Updates to CSU policy:
*November is typically the last test date for SDSU, Cal Poly SLO, East Bay and others. Check with your campus of choice for test deadlines and requirements. However, admissions for the Class of 2021 will be test-blind for the CSU system so SAT/ACT scores will not be considered for admissions purposes. They may be considered for course placement purposes. Classes of 2022 and younger: TBD.
** December is the last test date for most colleges, i.e, most CSU and UC campuses