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University of California Drops SAT and ACT Requirements for Admission

University of California Drops SAT and ACT Requirements for Admission

“a decision that was a few years in the making”

They’re not dropping testing altogether. They’re developing their own test, which won’t include a writing portion.

The College Fix reports:

University of California does away with SAT, ACT admissions requirement

In a decision that was a few years in the making, the University of California system’s board of regents Thursday voted unanimously to do away with its standardized testing admissions requirement.

In other words, the SAT or ACT is no longer required for admission to the prestigious 10-campus public system that includes UCLA, Berkeley and UC San Diego.

Critics have long bemoaned the standardized tests as discriminatory toward minorities and low-income students, and UC President Janet Napolitano said the system will develop its own test over the next five years.

“We are removing the ACT/SAT requirement for California students and developing a new test that more closely aligns with what we expect incoming students to know to demonstrate their preparedness for UC,” she said in a statement.

That new test, if developed, will not include a writing portion, the statement read. If no new test is ready by fall 2025, officials will eliminate altogether its standardized testing requirement for California freshmen, it added.

For out-of-state and international students, the plan may be to allow them to take the new California test or use the SAT or ACT or other approved standardized test.


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They are watering down their admissions requirements so that subjective factors like race, sex, political leanings (ie support for “diversity”), etc. are weighed more than objective factors like grades and test scores. They probably want to do this so that it’s more difficult to prove their discrimination against non-preferred groups, such as Asian-Americans.