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University Of California Drops SAT And ACT Requirement Until At Least 2024

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The University of California will not require students to submit SAT and ACT standardized test scores for undergraduate admission at least until 2024.

The 23-member UC Board of Regents voted unanimously to adopt a proposal submitted by UC President Janet Napolitano to end the decades-long requirement for admission to the prestigious university system.

During the suspension, UC will explore creating its own test “that better aligns with the content UC expects applicants to have learned and with UC’s values,” according to the document submitted to the Regents by Napolitano’s office.

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The 10-campus university system wlll eliminate the standardized testing requirement permanently “if UC is unable to either modify or create a test that can be available for fall 2025 freshman applicants from California high schools," according to the proposal approved by the Regents today.

Many of the Regents and members of the public who commented during the online meeting cited research that shows those who do well are more likely to be in higher-income families who can afford expensive test preparation courses.

Students sued UC last year to stop the university system from using SAT and ACT scores.

A UC task force found earlier this year that the classes students take and the grades they earn do more to keep students out of university admission than standardized test scores.

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