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No More SAT And ACT

UC Dropping SAT/ACT as Part of Admissions Criteria

The University of California will no longer consider SAT and ACT scores submitted with admission and scholarship applications, from fall 2021 through spring 2025, as part of a settlement agreement based on a student lawsuit.

This turn of events was brought on by a lawsuit that argued that  standardized tests put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage, as there is built-in bias that rewards privileged and wealthier applicants, and those who can afford costly prep courses.

A previous plan by the UC Regents was confusing in execution, and this agreement now “ensures that the university will not revert to its planned use of the SAT and ACT, which its own regents have admitted are racist metrics,” noted Amanda Savage, an attorney representing the students behind the suit.

While SAT and ACT scores will have no bearing on admission decisions, the scores may be used after a student is accepted to aid with course placement.

Eliminating SAT and ACT tests in the admissions process is a growing trend in the U.S., with more than 60% of undergrad institutions moving way from them, according to the non-profit group, FairTest.

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  1. I totally get the reasons behind this, but it comes at a cost for some unique students who are neither rich nor privileged. My son has a range of disabilities yet scored 1580 on the SAT on his first try. No special tutoring other than what’s available (to everyone) on Khan Academy.

    He does not want to disclose his disabilities on his applications. That SAT score was his best hope for admission. Now? Painful.

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Lindy King

Lindy is an independent UC admissions consultant, who works with both transfers and freshmen. She also has just completed her first novel, a supernatural thriller set in San Francisco.

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